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Effect of non-conformal gold deposition on SERS related plasmonic effects

Effect of non-conformal gold deposition on SERS related plasmonic effects
Effect of non-conformal gold deposition on SERS related plasmonic effects
Recently, a comprehensive three dimensional computational model based on rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) has been developed to investigate the properties of surface plasmons resident on metal coated arrays of inverted pyramidal pits used for SERS sensing applications in the form of ‘klarite’. This simulation tool allows the identification of a variety of dispersive features including propagating and localized surface plasmons as well as simple diffraction relating to the influence of geometrical features. In this paper, we investigate the influence of non-conformality of the gold coating over the internal surfaces of the inverted pyramidal pits on plasmon dispersion. Modeling reveals very strong changes in plasmon behavior as a function of gold layer conformality. Dependent upon conformality of the gold coating we find that the nano-textured metallic surface can behave either as an efficient broadband mirror-like reflector or as an efficient broadband, wide angle absorber at infrared wavelengths. Creation of a broadband wide angle absorbing surface such as this has important implications for photovoltaic cells. For sensing applications, understanding the effect of metal layer conformality on plasmon dispersion gives clear insight into how to further improve the SERS enhancement factor.
Plasmonics, Surface plasmons, surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS)
1094-4087
27425-27432
Oo, Swe
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Charlton, Martin
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Oo, Swe
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Charlton, Martin
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Oo, Swe and Charlton, Martin (2016) Effect of non-conformal gold deposition on SERS related plasmonic effects. Optics Express, 24 (24), 27425-27432. (doi:10.1364/OE.24.027425).

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Recently, a comprehensive three dimensional computational model based on rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) has been developed to investigate the properties of surface plasmons resident on metal coated arrays of inverted pyramidal pits used for SERS sensing applications in the form of ‘klarite’. This simulation tool allows the identification of a variety of dispersive features including propagating and localized surface plasmons as well as simple diffraction relating to the influence of geometrical features. In this paper, we investigate the influence of non-conformality of the gold coating over the internal surfaces of the inverted pyramidal pits on plasmon dispersion. Modeling reveals very strong changes in plasmon behavior as a function of gold layer conformality. Dependent upon conformality of the gold coating we find that the nano-textured metallic surface can behave either as an efficient broadband mirror-like reflector or as an efficient broadband, wide angle absorber at infrared wavelengths. Creation of a broadband wide angle absorbing surface such as this has important implications for photovoltaic cells. For sensing applications, understanding the effect of metal layer conformality on plasmon dispersion gives clear insight into how to further improve the SERS enhancement factor.

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Accepted/In Press date: 4 July 2016
Published date: 28 November 2016
Keywords: Plasmonics, Surface plasmons, surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS)

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Local EPrints ID: 428821
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428821
ISSN: 1094-4087
PURE UUID: 0d072180-9fd9-4452-87de-d1bdabc7add4

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2019 17:30
Last modified: 02 Dec 2019 17:42

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Author: Swe Oo
Author: Martin Charlton

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