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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2003
  • pp: 674–681

Optical and structural properties of Ag-Si3N4 nanocermets prepared by means of ion-beam sputtering in alternate and codeposition modes

Sophie Camelio, David Babonneau, Thierry Girardeau, Johann Toudert, Florence Lignou, Marie-Françoise Denanot, Nicolas Maître, Angel Barranco, and Philippe Guérin  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 4, pp. 674-681 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.42.000674


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Abstract

Ion-beam sputtering deposition has been used in two ways, as granular multilayers and as cosputtered film, to elaborate Ag-Si3N4 nanocermets. Multilayer deposition creates slightly oblate clusters, and cosputtering produces two cluster families: elongated clusters within the Si3N4 matrix and larger ones at the film surface. The transmittance spectra of these nanocermets are characterized by a surface plasmon resonance. In the reported research the position of this resonance is related to the morphological properties of silver nanoclusters, which are studied by transmission-electron microscopy, grazing-incidence small-angle x-ray scattering, and atomic-force microscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

History
Original Manuscript: July 11, 2002
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 2002
Published: February 1, 2003

Citation
Sophie Camelio, David Babonneau, Thierry Girardeau, Johann Toudert, Florence Lignou, Marie-Françoise Denanot, Nicolas Maître, Angel Barranco, and Philippe Guérin, "Optical and structural properties of Ag-Si3N4 nanocermets prepared by means of ion-beam sputtering in alternate and codeposition modes," Appl. Opt. 42, 674-681 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-42-4-674


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