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Title: Electrospun polymer nanofibers decorated with Ag/Au nanoparticles — A smart material with enhanced nonlinearity
Authors: Nisha, George
Subha, Radhu
Mary, N.L.
George, Agnes
Simon, Remya
Keywords: Au/Ag nanocomposites
Au/Ag functionalised nanofibers
Two photon absorption
Issue Date: Feb-2020
Publisher: Elsevier GmbH.
Citation: Optik: International Journal for Light and Electron Optics, 2020, Vol. 204, Article No.164180
Abstract: Functionalization of the surface and interior of nanofibers with nanoparticles by electrospinning process is an efficient fabrication technique for a wide variety of nanoparticle embedded materials. In the present study, it was aimed to compare the third order nonlinear absorption coefficient of the Ag/Au nanoparticles incorporated nanofibers with the casted films of Casein/Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (CAN/PVP) Au/Ag nanocomposites as well as CAN/PVP blend. Linear optical studies and morphological analysis of the CAN/PVP Au/Ag nanocomposite films and nanofibers confirms the efficient distribution of nanoparticles into the matrix. Open aperture Z-scan measurements at 532 nm, 5 ns laser pulses exposed that nanofibers with Au/Ag nanoparticles exhibited higher two photon absorption coefficient than its nanocomposite solution. This augmentation is correlated with the morphology of nanofibers and electric field enhancement of Au/Ag nanoparticles into the matrix. Optical limiting performance of the prepared CAN/PVP Au/Ag nanocomposites and nanofibers offer a better result than the CAN/PVP blend due to the nonlinear absorption of the nanoparticles in resonant and nonresonant regime, thus making it suitable for various optical limiting applications.
Description: Open Access
ISSN: 0030-4026
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Copyright: 2020 Elsevier GmbH.
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