Defect assisted optical limiting performance of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets in aqueous suspension and PMMA nanocomposite films
AuthorÜnlü, Bekir Asilcan
Yıldız, Elif Akhüseyin
Yola, Mehmet Lütfi
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CitationUnlu, B.A., Karatay, A., Yildiz, E.A., Yola, M.L., Yuksek, M., Atar, N., Elmali, A. (2021) . Defect assisted optical limiting performance of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets in aqueous suspension and PMMA nanocomposite films. Optical Materials, 121, art. no. 111630. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optmat.2021.111630
Defect-assisted nonlinear absorption (NLA) and optical limiting (OL) performance of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets (h-BNNS) in aqueous suspension and in polymethyl methacrylate matrix (PMMA) as nanocomposite films were studied using open-aperture Z-scan method. To evaluate the transmission in open-aperture Z-scan data, a theoretical model accounting one photon absorption (OPA), two photon absorption (TPA), free carrier absorption (FCA) and saturation of each process was considered. Defect-assisted NLA coefficients and saturation intensity thresholds were extracted from the fitting of the experimental results for 532 and 1064 nm pulse wavelengths. Strong defect-assisted NLA response of h-BNNS was observed while NLA at 532 nm was considerably stronger. This is attributed to the excitation of a greater number of defect states over a wider energy range. Our findings showed that h-BNNS/PMMA nanocomposite films feature highly required properties in OL applications and can function in OL applications in a wide spectral range (-200-1064 nm).