Electrospun polymer nanofibers as subwavelength optical waveguides incorporating quantum dots

Haiqing Liu, Joshua B. Edel, Leon M. Bellan, Harold G. Craighead

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Abstract

The process of incorporating the semi-conductor quantum dots (QD) as integrated light sources into the polymer fibers to produce subwavelength- diameter optical waveguides was investigated. A suspended inorganic-organic (QD/SU8) heterostructure cylindrical waveguide was fabricated using a one-step electrospinning approach to demonstrate the use of semiconductor QD photoluminescence as an internal light source. It was shown that the subwave-length-sized SU8 nanofiber acted as a waveguiding structure with a length of at least several micrometers. It was found that this technique represents a new platform for integrating waveguide structures with silicon-based microelectronics to realize nanoscale optoelectronic integrated circuit technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-499
Number of pages5
JournalSmall
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006

Keywords

  • Nanofibers
  • Nanomanipulation
  • Photoluminescence
  • Polymers
  • Quantum dots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine(all)

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