Ion-beam irradiation effects on polyimide-UV-vis and infrared spectroscopic study

H. Kudo*, S. Sudo, T. Oka, Y. Hama, A. Oshima, M. Washio, T. Murakami

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Ion-beam irradiation effects on polyimide, Kapton™, were studied with respect to optical and electronic properties. Stack films of Kapton™ (12.5 μm thick) were irradiated to various ion beams in air or vacuo at room temperature and subjected to ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, and change in absorbance and energy gap is discussed. The UV-vis absorption spectrum, which is assigned to the transition of electrons in benzene rings from π to π* orbital, upon He2+ (6 MeV/u) irradiation in air, shifted towards longer wavelength direction for all cases, and the shift was more obvious for higher linear energy transfer (LET) ion beams. The energy gap of the transition was estimated, and the H+ and He2+ ion beams caused little change in the transition energy gap Eg, while the heavier ions such as C6+ and Si14+ caused more significant decrease. This decrease is assumed to the structural changes around benzene rings, and the infrared spectroscopy revealed breakage in imide groups next to benzene ring in the repeating unit of polyimide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1067-1070
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec


  • Energy gap
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Ion beam
  • Polyimide
  • UV-vis spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation


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