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Multicolored Emission and Lasing in DCM-Adamantane Plasma Nanocomposite Optical Films

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Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)-Universidad de Sevilla, c/Américo Vespucio 49, 41092 Sevilla, Spain
Instituto de Química-Física Rocasolano, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), c/Serrano 119, 28006 Madrid, Spain
§ Departamento de Física, Instituto Universitario de Estudios Avanzados, Universidad de La Laguna, C/Astrofísico Francisco Sanchez s/n, 38206 La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Universidad de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Av. Thomas A. Edison, 7, E-41092 Sevilla, Spain
*E-mail: [email protected]. (F.J.A.)
*E-mail: [email protected]. (A.B.)
Cite this: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 10, 8948–8959
Publication Date (Web):February 16, 2017
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b01534
Copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society

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    We present a low-temperature versatile protocol for the fabrication of plasma nanocomposite thin films to act as tunable emitters and optical gain media. The films are obtained by the remote plasma-assisted deposition of a 4-(dicyano-methylene)-2-methyl-6-(4-dimethylamino-styryl)-4H-pyran (DCM) laser dye alongside adamantane. The experimental parameters that determine the concentration of the dye in the films and their optical properties, including light absorption, the refractive index, and luminescence, are evaluated. Amplified spontaneous emission experiments in the DCM/adamantane nanocomposite waveguides show the improvement of the copolymerized nanocomposites’ properties compared to films that were deposited with DCM as the sole precursor. Moreover, one-dimensional distributed feed-back laser emission is demonstrated and characterized in some of the nanocomposite films that are studied. These results open new paths for the optimization of the optical and lasing properties of plasma nanocomposite polymers, which can be straightforwardly integrated as active components in optoelectronic devices.

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