Impact of Alpha Rays on the Optoelectronic Properties of Epoxy Resin Thick Films


Irradiated epoxy thick films are important for optical properties and may be used in many optical applications. This study aims to evaluate the effect of alpha irradiation on the optical and structural properties of epoxy thick films. Epoxy resin films were prepared by mixing epoxy resin (A) with hardener (B) at a mixing ratio of 3:1. Thus, specific thick films with thicknesses of 0.7 mm,0.8 mm and 1 mm were manufactured. Using visible and ultraviolet spectroscopy is one of the most important methods for studying polymers band gaps and electrical properties. The absorbance and transmittance spectra were used to investigate the optical properties of epoxy coatings of different thicknesses over a wavelength range of 300 nm–900 nm. Optical properties, such as absorption coefficient, refractive index, extinction coefficient, real dielectric constant, imaginary dielectric and optical band gap, were measured. The results show that the epoxy thick films have good optical transparency in the low-wavelength region. The results showed that increasing the thickness of the resin films decreased the optical energy gap and refractive index while increasing the absorption and extinction coefficients. In comparison, the effect of irradiation on an epoxy film of thickness 1 mm leads to an increase in the transmittance spectrum and energy gap and a decrease in the optical constants. The Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum of the films was examined and showed the types of chemical bonds of the epoxy films before and after irradiation.