TITLE

Molecular weight dependence of birefringence of thin films of the conjugated polymer poly[2-methoxy-5-(2′-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1, 4-phenylenevinylene]

AUTHOR(S)
Koynov, Kaloian; Bahtiar, Ayi; Taek Ahn; Bubeck, Christoph; Hörhold, Hans-Heinrich
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;5/10/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 19, p3792
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We prepared thin films of the conjugated model polymer poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1, 4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) by the spin coating of polymer samples whose weight-average molecular weight was varied from 104-106 g/mol. Waveguide prism coupling and polarized optical transmission and reflection spectroscopy were used to determine the refractive index, birefringence, and intrinsic absorption coefficient of each film. We show that these optical constants significantly depend on the molecular weight of the polymers. With decreasing molecular weight, the birefringence is strongly reduced and a nearly isotropic refractive index is approached. We conclude that the molecular weight primarily determines the extent of polymer chain alignment in the film plane.
ACCESSION #
13029159

 

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