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Multi-beam pulsed laser deposition: new method of making nanocomposite coatings
Author(s): Abdalla M. Darwish; Simeon Wilson; Ashely Blackwell; Keylantra Taylor; Sergey Sarkisov; Darayas Patel; Paolo Mele; Brent Koplitz
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Paper Abstract

Huge number of new photonic devices, including light emitters, chemical sensors, and energy harvesters, etc. can be made of the nanocomposite coatings produced by the new multi-beam pulsed laser deposition (MB-PLD) process. We provide a short review of the conventional single-beam PLD method and explain why it is poorly suitable for making nanocomposite coatings. Then we describe the new MB-PLD process and system, particularly the multiple-beam matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MB-MAPLE) version with laser beam scanning and plume direction control. The latter one is particularly designed to make organic (polymer) - inorganic functionalized nanocomposite coatings. Polymer film serves as a host for inorganic nanoparticles that add a specific functionality to the film. We analyze the properties of such coatings using the examples of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films impregnated with the nanoparticles of rare-earth (RE) upconversion phosphors. They demonstrated the preservation of microcrystalline structure and bright upconversion emission in visible region of the phosphor nanoparticles after they were transferred in the polymer matrix during the MB-MAPLE process. The proposed technology has thus proven to serve its purpose: to make functionalized polymer nanocomposite coatings for a various potential applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9586, Photonic Fiber and Crystal Devices: Advances in Materials and Innovations in Device Applications IX, 958605 (26 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2214633
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Abdalla M. Darwish, Dillard Univ. (United States)
Simeon Wilson, Dillard Univ. (United States)
Ashely Blackwell, Dillard Univ. (United States)
Keylantra Taylor, Dillard Univ. (United States)
Sergey Sarkisov, SSS Optical Technologies, LLC (United States)
Darayas Patel, Oakwood Univ. (United States)
Paolo Mele, Hiroshima Univ. (Japan)
Brent Koplitz, Tulane Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9586:
Photonic Fiber and Crystal Devices: Advances in Materials and Innovations in Device Applications IX
Shizhuo Yin; Ruyan Guo, Editor(s)

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