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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2001
  • pp: 5726–5730

Laser microstructuring and scanning microscopy of plasmapolymer–silver composite layers

Jörg Martin, Andreas Kiesow, Andreas Heilmann, and Reinhold Wannemacher  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 31, pp. 5726-5730 (2001)

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Laser-induced coalescence of silver nanoparticles embedded in thin plasma polymer films has been used to generate permanent submicrometer structures in the films, which exhibit unusual optical properties. Scanning-electron-microscope images and spatially resolved optical transmission spectra reveal the changes in the nanostructure of the films that are due to the irradiation. The structural modifications result from thermally induced coalescence of the irradiated nanoparticles and are accompanied by significant changes in the optical transmission spectra. A planar micro-optical element has been generated in this way, and its optical properties have been characterized by means of the depth resolution of a confocal microscope.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(210.4810) Optical data storage : Optical storage-recording materials
(240.0310) Optics at surfaces : Thin films
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

Original Manuscript: September 22, 2000
Revised Manuscript: June 22, 2001
Published: November 1, 2001

Jörg Martin, Andreas Kiesow, Andreas Heilmann, and Reinhold Wannemacher, "Laser microstructuring and scanning microscopy of plasmapolymer–silver composite layers," Appl. Opt. 40, 5726-5730 (2001)

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