Silver has high reflectivity in the visible and infrared but cannot be used fully because of its distressing lack of durability. A technique that uses the surface plasmon resonance phenomenon offers a sensitive method for studying the corrosion of silver and assessing improvements. It has been used in the investigation of the effects of flashing a thin layer, approximately 1 nm thick, of copper over silver in an attempt at cathodic protection. Tests include exposing silver and silver–copper films to air, 94% relative humidity, water, and hydrogen sulfide.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 27, 1995
Revised Manuscript: February 15, 1996
Published: September 1, 1996
Rebecca J. Bussjager and H. Angus Macleod, "Using surface plasmon resonances to test the durability of silver–copper films," Appl. Opt. 35, 5044-5047 (1996)