Characterization of chain alignment at buried interfaces using Mueller matrix spectroscopy

Bryan H. Smith, Renxuan Xie, Wonho Lee, Dipendra Adhikari, Dipendra Adhikari, Nikolas J. Podraza, Nikolas J. Podraza, Enrique D. Gomez, Enrique D. Gomez, Enrique D. Gomez

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The stiffness of conjugated polymers should lead to chain alignment near buried interfaces, even if the polymer film is nominally amorphous. Although simulations predict that this alignment layer is approximately 1.5 times the persistence length, chain alignment at buried interfaces of amorphous polymers has not been experimentally measured. Using Mueller matrix spectroscopy, the optical response of regiorandom poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) was modeled in order to extract the aligned layer thickness. By approximating the optical properties of the aligned layer as that of regioregular P3HT, the data can be effectively modeled. When the film is thicker than 150 nm, optical properties are best described with a 4-nm aligned layer, which is quantitatively consistent with previous predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-297
Number of pages6
JournalMRS Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science


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