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Silver-doped nanocomposite glass as a base material for fine metallodielectric microstructuring

Silver-doped nanocomposite glass as a base material for fine metallodielectric microstructuring

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Authors

  • Amin Abdolvand
  • Alexander Podlipensky
  • Sven Matthias
  • Frank Syrowatka
  • Gerhard Seifert
  • Heinrich Graener

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanophotonics
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of SPIE 6195
EditorsD.L. Andrews, J.M. Nunzi, A. Ostendorf
Place of publicationBellingham
PublisherSPIE-International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2006
Pages61950V
ISBN (Print)0-8194-6251-9
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StatePublished

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NameSPIE Proceedings
Volume6195

Conference

ConferenceSPIE Photonics Europe: Nanophotonics
CountryFrance
CityStrasbourg
Period3/04/067/04/06
Internet addresshttp://spie.org/x3115.xml

Abstract

A simple technique to prepare large-area, regular microstructures in glass containing silver nanoparticles is presented. Here the modification of spatial distribution of the nanoparticles is achieved using a direct current (DC) electric field at moderately elevated temperatures. The technique exploits the recently reported effect of "electric field-assisted dissolution" (EFAD) of silver nanoparticles during which the silver nanoparticles embedded in a glass matrix can be destroyed and dissolved in the glass in form of Ag+ ions by a combination of an intense DC electric field (similar to 1kV) and moderately elevated temperature (similar to 280 degrees C). This process can lead to a total transparency of the nanocomposite glasses, which to our knowledge can not be achieved via any other technique.

In this work, the possibility to produce orderly-oriented array of embedded, 2-D, micron size optical structures in silverdoped nanocomposite glass is demonstrated. This could lead to an easy way for production of many useful optical devices based on the composite materials.

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