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Structure and optical characteristics of 200 keV Argon implanted High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Physics, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India and P.G. Department of Applied Physics, S.D. College, Ambala Cantt., India
  • 2Department of Physics, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India
  • 3Department of Physics, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India

Res. J. Material Sci., Volume 4, Issue (8), Pages 1-3, October,16 (2016)


Present study aims at studying the optical properties of High Density polyethylene (HDPE) specimens as a result of 200 keV Ar+ ion implantation. The samples were implanted in the fluence range from 1x1014 Ar+cm-2 to 1x1016 Ar+cm-2 using ambient pressure of ~10-6 Torr. Due to ion implantation, structural modification of target material has been recorded. These structural alterations lead to changes in its chemical, structural, optical and electrical properties. UV-Visible and FTIR-ATR spectroscopy were utilized to study the changes in optical and structural properties. Ar+ ion implantation resulted in a decrease in the optical energy gap from a value of 2.42 eV for virgin specimen to a value of 0.69 eV at the highest ion fluence. A correlation between optical properties and structural modification of implanted HDPE has been discussed. These results were also supported by FTIR-ATR spectroscopy.


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