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27 February 2019 Understanding photophysics of a high concentration platinum (II) chromophore in epoxy
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It is well known in the literature that for a two photon nonlinear absorbing dye to be the most effective, high concentrations are needed. The problem is that most photophysical studies in solution are done at low concentration and in a solution. These low concentration studies are important for understanding inherent materials properties but it is also important to understand what happens in a material at high concentration. In addition to this, efforts have been made to study the effects of incorporating a dye into a solid matrix environment to better understand the constraints this environment has to a given material. Preliminary results for an epoxy system reveal the formation of excimers (excited state dimers) with an increase in concentration. Excimers are forming from the triplet excited state of the E1-BTF. A rate constant for this formation is 2.6 × 105 M-1 s-1. While rather slow, at greater than 50 mM concentration the excimer is readily formed with <90% efficiency. This must be considered when making nonlinear absorption measurements since the excimer will certainly contribute to the overall nonlinearity.
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Joy E. Haley, Douglas M. Krein, David J. Stewart, Rachel N. Renkel, Jonathan E. Slagle, and Thomas M. Cooper "Understanding photophysics of a high concentration platinum (II) chromophore in epoxy", Proc. SPIE 10915, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XXI, 109150N (27 February 2019);

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