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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2006
  • pp: 8019–8025

Photochromic isomerization of spirobenzopyran in nanoholes of anodic alumina

Mitsunori Saito and Yasuhiro Tsubokura  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 31, pp. 8019-8025 (2006)

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A notable change in the photochromic characteristics was observed when the benzene solution of spirobenzopyran was put in nanoholes of anodic alumina. The absorption peak that appeared in the ultraviolet irradiation process shifted to a shorter wavelength, and the decay time of the decoloration process became 200 times longer than that of the original solution. After a preservation period of several days, however, both the absorption wavelength and the decay time recovered to those of the original solution. These experimental results suggest that the photochromic isomerization in the alumina nanoholes is affected by the large surface area of the matrix rather than the limited free volume.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.4890) Materials : Organic materials
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(350.5130) Other areas of optics : Photochemistry

Original Manuscript: May 2, 2006
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2006

Mitsunori Saito and Yasuhiro Tsubokura, "Photochromic isomerization of spirobenzopyran in nanoholes of anodic alumina," Appl. Opt. 45, 8019-8025 (2006)

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