Modulation of the refractive index of a polymer was achieved by combining it with diamond nanoparticles (NDs). The increase in the refractive index was controlled by the amount of NDs added, according to the Lorentz-Lorenz equation. The refractive index of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), which was used as the base polymer, increased from 1.52 to 1.88. A multilayer film consisting of alternating layers of ND-PVA composite and poly(methyl methacrylate) exhibited ca. 80% reflectance with 10 bilayers.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)