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Effect of self-organization in poly(di-n-hexylsilane) films
Author(s): N. Ostapenko; Viktor Zaika; Shozo Suto; Akira Watanabe
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Paper Abstract

The changes in conformation and organization of poly(di-n-hexylsilane) (PDHS) chains initiated by heating the films above the phase transition temperature are investigated by optical spectroscopy, polarizing optical microscopy, and birefringence techniques. Appearance of two new absorption bands is observed after thermal treatment of the samples and explained by transition of PDHS into liquid-crystalline (LC) phase. Existence of the LC phase is confirmed by presence of birefringence in PDHS films at these temperatures and by stable orientation of nematic liquid crystal disposed on the thermally treated polymer. A pattern corresponding to classical columnar liquid-crystalline optical textures is observed under polarizing optical microscope above the phase transition temperature. An increased orientational order and defects created at cooling the polymer films down to room temperature are manifested by several new absorption and luminescence bands.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5122, Advanced Organic and Inorganic Optical Materials, (8 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.515716
Show Author Affiliations
N. Ostapenko, Institute of Physics (Ukraine)
Viktor Zaika, Institute of Physics (Ukraine)
Shozo Suto, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
Akira Watanabe, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5122:
Advanced Organic and Inorganic Optical Materials
Andris Krumins; Donats Millers; Inta Muzikante; Andris Sternbergs; Vismants Zauls, Editor(s)

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