Polymer nanocomposites for optical applications

D.V. Szabó,     Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

T. Hanemann,     Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany and Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany


This chapter reviews the current literature on the optical properties of polymer/nanoparticle composites. The influence of the different nanocomposite formation techniques and the associated nanoparticle agglomeration behaviour on the resulting optical features – such as refractive index, transmittance and fluorescence – is described in detail. For completeness, a review of the linear and non-linear optical properties of polymer-based guest–host systems is included. In addition, some aspects of optical ...

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