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Effects of alkyl spacer group length on Vis-NIR absorption behavior in FTC-like guest-host EO polymers
Author(s): Richard R. Barto Jr.; Peter V. Bedworth; Joseph A. Epstein; Susan P. Ermer; Rebecca E. Taylor; Curtis W. Frank
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Paper Abstract

Spectral absorption behavior of a series of FTC-like dyes of varying shape incorporated into amorphous polycarbonate (APC) is characterized by photothermal deflection spectroscopy. Previous Monte Carlo calculations by Dalton and Robinson predict a strong dependence of the macroscopic nonlinear optical susceptibility on the chromophore waist:length aspect ratio in electric field-poled films. This dependence arises from London interactions between chromophores, which are expected to influence the absorption characteristics of the composite both by changing the local polarity of the medium and through dipole interactions. It is expected that these interactions will play a role in the absorption characteristics of unpoled films as well. Of particular interest are the spectral characteristics of the red edge of the main dye electronic absorption peak, and the fine structure in the near-IR, dominated by overtones of fundamental C-H stretching and bending modes. The spectral structure in these key regions can be influenced by inter- and intramolecular interactions and conformational changes in the dye. The near-IR structure, in turn, will dictate absorption loss in optical devices prepared from these materials at key transmission wavelengths (1.3 and 1.55 um). In this study, a homologous series of spacer lengths, ranging from ethyl to hexyl, attached to an FTC-like NLO chromophore, LMCO-46M, is characterized by a combination of photothermal deflection spectroscopy (PDS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy to examine the effects of the molecular environment on near-IR loss at 1090 nm, 1300 nm and 1550 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2003
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4991, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices V, (14 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.479450
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Richard R. Barto Jr., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Stanford University (United States)
Peter V. Bedworth, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Joseph A. Epstein, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Susan P. Ermer, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Rebecca E. Taylor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Curtis W. Frank, Stanford Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4991:
Organic Photonic Materials and Devices V
James G. Grote; Toshikuni Kaino, Editor(s)

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