Fabrication and optical characterization of imprinted broad-band photonic films via multiple gradient UV photopolymerization

Yan Song Zhang, A. V. Emelyanenko, Jui Hsiang Liu

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A structured broad-band photonic film is fabricated by a novel method using multiple gradient UV-induced polymerization in the presence of cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs). Here, imprinting and broadening of the reflection band of chiral nematic mesophase cells are achieved via controlled UV polymerization. The intensity gradient of UV light is modified by the distance between UV lamp and sample cell, which affects the polymerization rate and leads to the formation of imprinted helical constructions with different pitches. In this study, a comparison of new design process with traditional UV polymerization process is carried out. After seven cycles of gradient UV polymerization, the imprinted photonic construction exhibited a broadened reflection band and Bragg reflection, even for isotropic materials. Because of this, the reflection bandwidth showed a 70% improvement. Additionally, two stacked imprinted cells with different pitches can reflect incident light with a bandwidth over the visible wavelength range of 480–680 nm. A broad-band photonic polymer film can be imprinted using multiple gradient UV photopolymerization in the presence of CLCs. Forming a UV intensity gradient and controlling the rate of photopolymerization are key factors in broadening the reflection band.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1427-1435
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Volume55
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1

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Photopolymerization
Photonics
polymerization
Polymerization
photonics
broadband
Fabrication
gradients
fabrication
Cholesteric liquid crystals
cells
liquid crystals
bandwidth
Ultraviolet lamps
Bandwidth
Polymer films
Ultraviolet radiation
luminaires
Wavelength
cycles

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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