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    • Optical properties of polymer nanocomposites

      S Srivastava M Haridas J K Basu

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      Nanomaterials have emerged as an area of interest motivated by potential applications of these materials in light emitting diodes, solar cells, polarizers, light – stable colour filters, optical sensors, optical data communication and optical data storage. Nanomaterials are of particular interest as they combine the properties of two or more different materials with the possibility of possessing novel mechanical, electronic or chemical behaviour. Understanding and tuning such effects could lead to hybrid devices based on these nanocomposites with improved optical properties. We have prepared polymer nanocomposites of well-defined compositions and studied the optical properties of powders and their thin films. UV-vis absorption spectroscopy on nanocomposite powders and spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements on thin films was used to study the effect of interfacial morphology, interparticle spacing and finite size effects on optical properties of nanocomposites. Systematic shift in the imaginary part of the dielectric function can be seen with variation in size and fraction of the gold nanoparticle. The thickness of the film also plays a significant role in the tunability of the optical spectra.

    • Optical properties of d.c. magneto sputtered tantalum and titanium nanostructure thin film metal hydrides

      M Singh S Srivastava S Agarwal S Kumar Y K Vijay

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      Nanostructured thin films of tantalum and titanium were deposited on glass substrate using d.c. magnetron sputtering technique under the argon gas environment at a pressure of 0.1 mbar. Optical transmission and absorption studies were carried out for these samples with pressure of hydrogen. Large changes in both transmission and absorption on loading these films with hydrogen are accompanied by significant phase changes and electronic transformation. Optical photograph shows the colour variation after hydrogenation in case of tantalum film which may be used as decorative mirrors and hydrogen sensors. The hydrogen storage capability of thin films was confirmed by variation in optical properties.

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