Effect of self-organization in poly(di-n-hexylsilane) films

Nina Ostapenko, Viktor Zaika, Shozo Suto, Akira Watanabe

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The changes in conformation and organization of poly(di-n-hexylsilane) (PDHS) chains initiated by heating the films above the phase transition temperature are investigated by optical spectroscopy, polarizing optical microscopy, and birefringence techniques. Appearance of two new absorption bands is observed after thermal treatment of the samples and explained by transition of PDHS into liquid-crystalline (LC) phase. Existence of the LC phase is confirmed by presence of birefringence in PDHS films at these temperatures and by stable orientation of nematic liquid crystal disposed on the thermally treated polymer. A pattern corresponding to classical columnar liquid-crystalline optical textures is observed under polarizing optical microscope above the phase transition temperature. An increased orientational order and defects created at cooling the polymer films down to room temperature are manifested by several new absorption and luminescence bands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-143
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventPROCEEDINGS OF SPIE SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering: Advanced Organic and Inorganic Optical Materials - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 2002 Aug 192002 Aug 22


  • Absorption spectra
  • Birefringence
  • Liquid-crystalline phase
  • Polarizing optical microscopy
  • Poly(di-n-hexylsilane)


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