AuthorLopez Santiago, Alejandra
AdvisorNorwood, Robert A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractFor several decades, the field of magneto-optics (MO) has demonstrated applications that have impact on every day applications such as in optical data storage, magnetic field sensing, crucial for magnetoencephalography and magnetocardiography; and compact and efficient optical isolators, among others. In the past, many of these applications and the devices designed for them have heavily relied on inorganic materials. Organic materials with a high MO response represent an interesting alternative to the inorganic equivalent by not only being a more cost efficient solution, but also by allowing the user to modify a number of variables to control and optimize the MO performance depending on the application and level of performance desired. In this dissertation I discuss the MO properties of novel organic materials, starting with polythiophene, which has been of interest due to the strong relationship between its high MO performance and its lamellar structure and regioregularity. I will also be discussing another material system that provides several degrees of MO tunability: magnetite based nanocomposites. A unique and novel synthetic approach described in this dissertation yields both highly transparent and MO responsive polymer films. I will be describing a systematic approach that indicates a strong influence of the size of the nanoparticle as well as the nanoparticle concentration in the MO performance of the bulk polymer, while maintaining high optical quality with minimal scattering and absorption in the visible and near infrared. Finally, I will be discussing the implementation of both a magnetite nanocomposite and a cobalt ferrite based nanocomposite in a free space magnetic field system and demonstrate the proof-of-principle operation of a sensing system.
Degree ProgramGraduate College