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

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

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNanophotonics
    EditorsDavid L. Andrews, Jean-Michel Nunzi, Andreas Ostendorf
    Place of PublicationBellingham
    PublisherSPIE-International Society for Optical Engineering
    ISBN (Print)0819462519
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventSPIE Photonics Europe 2006: Nanophotonics - Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, Strasbourg, France
    Duration: 3 Apr 20067 Apr 2006

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE


    ConferenceSPIE Photonics Europe 2006: Nanophotonics
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