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Surface plasmon resonance as a surface probe
Author(s): C. Bechinger; Johannes Boneberg; Stephan Herminghaus; Paul Leiderer
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Paper Abstract

Surface plasmons, excited in thin metal films by means of laser irradiation, can be used as a very sensitive probe to study a wide variety of processes at surfaces and interfaces. We give here an overview over some recent applications. Examples are adsorption and desorption phenomena of physisorbed films, which can be studied with high temporal resolution on a nano-second scale. Another application is the sensitive detection of changes in the optical properties of thin films, e.g. of photo-chromic materials. Furthermore, surface plasmons can be used to monitor pressure variations on short timescales, and are thus suitable, e.g., for investigating and characterizing shock waves impinging onto liquid-solid interfaces. The surface plasmon technique can also be utilized for imaging the lateral structure of a patterned surface with a resolution on the order of a few microns. Surface plasmon spectroscopy is thus a very versatile tool for surface and interface diagnostics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3404, ALT'97 International Conference on Laser Surface Processing, (26 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308641
Show Author Affiliations
C. Bechinger, Univ. Konstanz (Germany)
Johannes Boneberg, Univ. Konstanz (Switzerland)
Stephan Herminghaus, Univ. Konstanz (Germany)
Paul Leiderer, Univ. Konstanz (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3404:
ALT'97 International Conference on Laser Surface Processing
Vladimir I. Pustovoy, Editor(s)

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