ANTON A. SMIRNOV, ANDREY AFANASIEV, SERGEY GUSEV, DMITRY TATARSKIY, NICKOLAI ERMOLAEV, AND NIKITA BITYURIN
ABSTRACT: Evolution of the UV-induced absorption within the polymer matrix possessing a highly soluble CdS precursor is studied. The initially optically transparent (polymethylmethacrylate based) samples are irradiated by a light-emitting diode operated at 365 nm for different intensities and different temperatures. In situ monitoring of the process is performed at a wavelength of 405 nm where the samples are initially transparent. The study shows that the increase in absorbance is temperature dependent, and at a fixed temperature it is determined by UV exposure rather than the intensity or irradiation time separately. TEM, HR TEM data, as well as data on absorption and luminescent spectra, allow the relation of the optical absorption evolution to the CdS nanoparticles growth process. This provides new valuable information on the kinetics of this phenomenon in UV irradiated polymer films with a soluble precursor.