The optical properties of copper Cu–Ni compound metal island (CMI) films composed of nanoclusters of an alloy of Cu and Ni have been experimentally investigated. The spectral characteristics of the Cu–Ni CMI films are intermediate between those of conventional Cu and Ni island films in visible and near-IR regions. In addition, the magneto-optic effect has been observed in the Cu–Ni CMI films. It is also shown that the Faraday rotation in the Cu–Ni CMI films can easily be controlled by selection of the mixture ratio of Cu and Ni.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 7, 1997
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 1997
Published: January 1, 1998
Kazutaka Baba, Fumiaki Mizuno, Fuminori Takase, and Mitsunobu Miyagi, "Optical and magneto-optical properties of copper–nickel compound metal island films," Appl. Opt. 37, 98-102 (1998)