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Dynamic optical control of silicon nanoparticle scattering in the near and mid-IR
Author(s): Ibrahim Shoer; Ahmed Nageeb; Abdelrahman Osman; Christen Tharwat; Hosam Mekawey; Raghi El Shamy; Yehea Ismail; Mohamed A. Swillam
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Paper Abstract

Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) that occur in plasmonic nanoparticles due to interaction with electromagnetic waves at wavelengths larger than the nanoparticles themselves has been exploited in many application like solar cells, cancer treatment and spectroscopy due to the enhanced scattering and absorption cross sections that LSPR provides. Being able to control the resonance peaks of scattering in real time using light can be a valuable tool for sensing-related applications as well especially if it happens in the near and Mid-IR spectrum where most of the biological molecules can be sensed as such spectrum contains strong characteristic vibrational transitions of many important molecules . In this work presented here, we used silicon nanoparticles and increased the concentration of free excess carriers in the nanoparticles by light generation until the free carrier concentration was large enough to cause LSPR similar to what we get with nanoparticles made of Noble metals. The LSPR generated by Si nanoparticles with high concentration of free carriers caused the resonance peak to happen in near and mid IR. Depending on the level of carrier concentration which can be changed dynamically in real time, we can control the scattering resonance peak characteristics and position as shown in our work. Successful fabrication of the Silicon nanosphere is demonstrated as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10108, Silicon Photonics XII, 101081N (20 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2254393
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Ibrahim Shoer, Alexandria Univ. (Egypt)
Ahmed Nageeb, Alexandria Univ. (Egypt)
Abdelrahman Osman, Alexandria Univ. (Egypt)
Christen Tharwat, National Research Ctr. (Egypt)
Hosam Mekawey, The American Univ. in Cairo (Egypt)
Zewail City of Science and Technology (Egypt)
Raghi El Shamy, The American Univ. in Cairo (Egypt)
Yehea Ismail, The American Univ. in Cairo (Egypt)
Zewail City of Science and Technology (Egypt)
Mohamed A. Swillam, The American Univ. in Cairo (Egypt)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10108:
Silicon Photonics XII
Graham T. Reed; Andrew P. Knights, Editor(s)

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