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Fabrication and Characterization of Sculptured Thin Silver Films
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Applied Optics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this work samples with silver nanocolumnar structures were successfully fabricated by glancingangle deposition. From SEM investigations of the samples it is concluded that distinct andseparated nanocolumns can be grown without pre-patterned substrates using this method (givensuitable deposition conditions). The sample that exhibits the most distinct and well separatedcolumns was modelled using HFSS with optical properties of silver in nanocolumns obtained bymeasurements on the samples grown by glancing angle deposition, thin enough to not havedeveloped columns. From numerical calculations it was shown that the unit cell arrangement of thecolumns has a large influence on the optical characteristics. It was found that a diamond-like unitcell designed as two identical square lattices shifted by half the lattice spacing in one direction and2-1/2 times the lattice spacing of the other direction gives the best and a fair agreement to theexperimental ellipsometry data. Based on this model calculations were made to determine thewavelength dependent average local current exhibited in the columns as well as the currentdensity. This study showed the occurrence of broadbanded plasmon resonances of longitudinalmode at λ=1363 nm and of transverse mode at λ=545 nm. It was also shown that the opticalcharacteristics are strongly polarization dependent as is expected for such anisotropic samples.

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2013. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Glancing angle deposition, GLAD, sculptured thin films, STF, Silver thin films, nanocolumns, nanospirals
National Category
Condensed Matter Physics Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-89988ISRN: LITH-IFM-A-EX—13/2716—SEOAI: diva2:610729
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Applied Optics
2013-03-01, Poisson, Fysik huset, Linköping Tekniska Högskola, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2013-03-13 Created: 2013-03-12 Last updated: 2013-03-14Bibliographically approved

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