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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1040–1042

Electron-beam-activated light-emitting polymer nanofibers

Pan Wang, Zhiyong Li, Lei Zhang, and Limin Tong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 7, pp. 1040-1042 (2013)

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We demonstrate a simple approach to high-stability light-emitting polymer nanofibers. We show that nonluminescent polyacrylamide (PAM) nanofibers, when being irradiated by electron beams, can be locally activated into light-emitting nanofibers with high resistance to photobleaching, precise emission patterns, spectrally tunable emission, high repeatability, and great mechanical flexibility. Compared to unirradiated nanofibers, the electron-beam-activated PAM nanofibers show an obvious increase in refractive index of about 0.1. Due to its high versatility, the electron-beam-activated nanofiber demonstrated here represents a promising nanometer-scale integratable light source for functional nanophotonic circuits or devices.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(250.3680) Optoelectronics : Light-emitting polymers
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(130.5460) Integrated optics : Polymer waveguides

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Original Manuscript: December 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 22, 2013
Published: March 20, 2013

Pan Wang, Zhiyong Li, Lei Zhang, and Limin Tong, "Electron-beam-activated light-emitting polymer nanofibers," Opt. Lett. 38, 1040-1042 (2013)

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