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Fabrication of high refractive index, infrared transmitting Organically Modified Chalcogenide (ORMOCHALC) polymers (Rising Researcher Presentation)
Author(s): Darryl A. Boyd; Vinh Q. Nguyen; Collin C. McClain; Colin C. Baker; Jason D. Myers; Woohong Kim; Jasbinder S. Sanghera
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Paper Abstract

ORganically MOdified CHALCogenide (ORMOCHALC) polymers are novel materials that can be synthesized through the recently discovered inverse vulcanization process. Inverse vulcanization requires the heating of chalcogenide comonomers along with compounds that contain available pi electrons. The composition of the polymers presented includes the use of previously unexplored multi-vinyl branching agents, as well as polymer backbones that contain selenium. The crosslinking by unique comonomer species, and the use of selenium as a backbone component are significant in that they have a direct and pronounced effect on the optical properties of the polymers produced. Specific optical benefits of ORMOCHALC polymers include the extensive infrared transmission profile and the unusually high refractive indices these polymers possess. We present the synthesis and optical characterization of unique ORMOCHALC polymers.

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Date Published: 14 May 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10998, Advanced Optics for Imaging Applications: UV through LWIR IV, 1099802 (14 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2518119
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Darryl A. Boyd, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Vinh Q. Nguyen, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Collin C. McClain, Univ. Research Foundation (United States)
Colin C. Baker, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jason D. Myers, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Woohong Kim, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jasbinder S. Sanghera, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10998:
Advanced Optics for Imaging Applications: UV through LWIR IV
Jay N. Vizgaitis; Peter L. Marasco; Jasbinder S. Sanghera, Editor(s)

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