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Excimer Laser Induced Spatially Resolved Formation and Implantation of Plasmonic Particles in Glass

Institute of Physics, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, D-06120 Halle (Saale), Germany
Laser-Laboratorium Göttingen e.V. Hans-Adolf-Krebs-Weg 1, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
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Nanomaterials 2018, 8(12), 1035;
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 10 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 December 2018 / Published: 12 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metallic Nanostructures)
Metallic nanoparticles are important building blocks for plasmonic applications. The spatially defined arrangement of these nanoparticles in a stable glass matrix is obtained here by nanosecond excimer laser irradiation at 193 nm. Two approaches are addressed: (1) Laser induced formation of particles from a dopant material pre-incorporated in the glass, (2) Particle formation and implantation by irradiation of material pre-coated on top of the glass. Silver nanoparticles are formed inside Ag+ doped glass (method 1). Gold nanoparticles are implanted by irradiation of gold coated glass (method 2). In the latter case, with a few laser pulses the original gold film disintegrates into particles which are then embedded in the softened glass matrix. A micron sized spatial resolution (periodic arrangements with 2 µm period) is obtained in both cases by irradiating the samples with an interference beam pattern generated by a phase mask. The plasmonic absorption of the nanoparticles leads to a contrast of the optical density between irradiated and non-irradiated lines of up to 0.6. View Full-Text
Keywords: plasmonic nanoparticles; laser implantation; interference pattern plasmonic nanoparticles; laser implantation; interference pattern
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Heinz, M.; Meinertz, J.; Dubiel, M.; Ihlemann, J. Excimer Laser Induced Spatially Resolved Formation and Implantation of Plasmonic Particles in Glass. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 1035.

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