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Metal-polymer nanocomposites for stretchable optics and plasmonics
Author(s): Marco A. C. Potenza; Chloé Minnai; Paolo Milani
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Paper Abstract

Stretchable and conformable optical devices open very exciting perspectives for the fabrication of systems incorporating diffracting and optical power in a single element and of tunable plasmonic filters and absorbers. The use of nanocomposites obtained by inserting metallic nanoparticles produced in the gas phase into polymeric matrices allows to effectively fabricate cheap and simple stretchable optical elements able to withstand thousands of deformations and stretching cycles without any degradation of their optical properties. The nanocomposite-based reflective optical devices show excellent performances and stability compared to similar devices fabricated with standard techniques. The nanocomposite-based devices can be therefore applied to arbitrary curved non-optical grade surfaces in order to achieve optical power and to minimize aberrations like astigmatism. Examples discussed here include stretchable reflecting gratings, plasmonic filters tunable by mechanical stretching and light absorbers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10174, International Symposium on Clusters and Nanomaterials, 101740G (21 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2246794
Show Author Affiliations
Marco A. C. Potenza, Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Chloé Minnai, Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Paolo Milani, Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10174:
International Symposium on Clusters and Nanomaterials
Puru Jena; Anil K. Kandalam, Editor(s)

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