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Molecular control of charge and energy transfer in self-assembled polymer films: toward improved ultrafast holographic materials
Author(s): Brett Kraabel; Alexander A. Mikhailovsky; Hsing-Lin Wang; Duncan W. McBranch
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Paper Abstract

We report on the optical characterization of a series of multi-layered organic superlattices made by polyelectrolyte self-assembly. Using a high molecular weight, water-soluble, anionic form of poly-phenylene vinylene, self-assembled films can be formed which show high photoluminescence quantum efficiency (QE). A dramatic red shift of the luminescence and increase in QE is observed as additional PPV layers are added. We attribute the red shift and increasing QE to a changing conformation of the polymer chains as the superstructure is assembled, together with efficient Frster energy transfer in a preferred direction away from the substrate toward layers with longer effective conjugation length. Upon adding a C60 top layer, the luminescence spectrum is strongly quenched. We attribute this to charge transfer of from the top-most polymer layer to the C60 layer. We discuss the possibilities of exploiting this directional charge transfer in an ultrafast holographic device along with other optics for increasing the temporal diffraction efficiency of polymer-based mediums.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3796, Organic Nonlinear Optical Materials, (11 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.368299
Show Author Affiliations
Brett Kraabel, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Alexander A. Mikhailovsky, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Hsing-Lin Wang, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Duncan W. McBranch, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3796:
Organic Nonlinear Optical Materials
Manfred Eich; Manfred Eich; Mark G. Kuzyk, Editor(s)

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