Optical limiting properties of 3,5-diphenyldibenzo-azaBODIPY at 532 nm

Gugu Kubheka, Ojodomo J. Achadu, John Mack, Tebello Nyokong

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Optical limiting properties of 3,5-diphenyldibenzo-azaBODIPY were investigated by using the z-scan technique at 532 nm in the nanosecond pulse range and a strong reverse saturable absorption (RSA) response was observed, which can be readily attributed to a two-photon absorption (TPA) assisted excited state absorption (ESA) mechanism in the singlet manifold based on a consideration of the other photophysical properties. The effect of solvent and incorporation into polymer thin films has been investigated in depth. The results indicate that the selection of solvents that enhance the population of the S1 excited state on the nanosecond timescale or embedding the azaBODIPY dye into polymer thin films significantly improves the optical limiting properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12319-12325
Number of pages7
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa through DST/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative for Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology, a CSUR grant from the NRF of South Africa to JM (uid: 93627), and a DAAD-NRF in-country doctoral scholarship to GK. Photophysical measurements were made possible by the Laser Rental Pool Programme of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South Africa.

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© 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.


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