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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 24 — Nov. 23, 2009
  • pp: 22062–22072

Conjugated polymer-fullerene blend with strong optical limiting in the near-infrared

San-Hui Chi, Joel M. Hales, Matteo Cozzuol, Charles Ochoa, Madison Fitzpatrick, and Joseph W. Perry  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 24, pp. 22062-22072 (2009)

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Optical-quality, melt processable thick films of a conjugated polymer blend containing poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethyl-hexyloxy)-(phenylene vinylene)) (MEH-PPV), a C60 derivative (PCBM) and a plasticizer (1,2-di-iso-octylphthalate) have been developed and their nonlinear absorption and optical limiting properties have been investigated. These blend materials exhibited strong optical limiting characteristics in the near infrared region (750-900 nm), with broad temporal dynamic range spanning femtosecond to nanosecond pulse widths. The dispersion of the optical limiting figure-of-merit of the MEH-PPV:PCBM:DOP blend shows a peak near the wavelength of the MEH-PPV cation, indicating an important role of one-photon and two-photon induced charge transfer in the nonlinear absorption response.

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OCIS Codes
(160.0160) Materials : Materials
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(160.4890) Materials : Organic materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials

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Original Manuscript: October 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 12, 2009
Published: November 17, 2009

San-Hui Chi, Joel M. Hales, Matteo Cozzuol, Charles Ochoa, Madison Fitzpatrick, and Joseph W. Perry, "Conjugated polymer-fullerene blend with strong optical limiting in the near-infrared," Opt. Express 17, 22062-22072 (2009)

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