SEMICONDUCTING POLYMERS Thin films show laser potential

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RON DAGANI

2010

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  • Heeger's group at the University of California, Santa Barbara, reported inducing thin films of a dozen different conjugated polymers to emit light when stimulated by an optical laser
  • The emitted light showed some of the distinctive characteristics of laser light
  • A week earlier, a paper in Nature announced that poly-, a wellknown luminescent polymer, had been optically stimulated to emit light in a special device structure known as a microcavity

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