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Reflection and transmission of obliquely incident light by chiral sculptured thin films fabricated using asymmetric serial-bideposition (ASBD) technique
Author(s): Patrick D. McAtee; Akhlesh Lakhtakia
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Paper Abstract

Chiral sculptured thin films (STFs) were grown using the asymmetric serial-bideposition (ASBD) technique, whereby (i) two sub-deposits of unequal heights are made separated by a substrate rotation of 180° about the central normal axis, and (ii) consecutive subdeposit pairs are separated by a small substrate rotation δ on the order of a few degrees. Eight samples were prepared with sub-deposit heights in ratios of 1:1, 1.5:1, 2:1, 2.5:1, 3:1, 5:1, 7:1, and 9:1. A finely ambichiral STF was also grown. All nine samples were grown with the same vapor flux direction and to have 10 periods with the same thickness. The spectrums of all eight circular remittances of every sample were measured over a wide range of incidence angle θinc. Red-shifting and narrowing of the circular Bragg regime was observed with increasing sub-deposit-height ratio for all values of θinc, arriving at a limit with the 9:1 sample. The finely ambichiral sample has a circular Bragg regime similar to that of the 9:1 sample, but the latter exhibits much better discrimination between incident left circularly polarized light and right circularly polarized light than the former.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9929, Nanostructured Thin Films IX, 99290Q (26 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237856
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Patrick D. McAtee, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9929:
Nanostructured Thin Films IX
Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Tom G. Mackay; Motofumi Suzuki, Editor(s)

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