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Preparation of silver island films with tunable surface plasmon resonance
Author(s): Wanbing Lu; Liping Wu; Wei Yu; Xingkuo Li; Xinzhan Wang; Guangsheng Fu
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Paper Abstract

Silver (Ag) island films have been prepared by pulsed laser ablation in vacuum using a XeCl excimer laser. The effects of the number of ablation pulses, the temperature and time of post-annealing on morphology and surface plasmons properties of the prepared Ag island films were investigated by extinction spectra and scanning electron microscopy. It is found that the films deposited with the ablation pulses of 60 or less are isolated Ag nanoparticles and the mean size of the nanoparticles increases monotonically with increasing the number of ablation pulses. Further increase of the number of ablation pulses up to 240, quasi-percolated Ag films are obtained, and for 600 pulses or more, continuous films will be formed. Extinction spectra results show that localized surface plasmons (LSPs) are supported by the Ag island films, while propagating surface plasmons are supported by the continuous Ag films. The LSPs of Ag island films consist of inplane and out-of-plane modes. By changing the ablation pulse numbers and annealing conditions, the longitudinal and transverse dimensions of Ag islands could be adjusted, and then the peak positions and peak widths of in-plane and outof- plane LSPs resonance modes could be effectively controlled.

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Date Published: 20 November 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8564, Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics, 856426 (20 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.2001318
Show Author Affiliations
Wanbing Lu, Hebei Univ. (China)
Liping Wu, Hebei Univ. (China)
Wei Yu, Hebei Univ. (China)
Xingkuo Li, Hebei Univ. (China)
Xinzhan Wang, Hebei Univ. (China)
Guangsheng Fu, Hebei Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8564:
Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics
Zhiping Zhou; Kazumi Wada, Editor(s)

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