OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics


  • Vol. 44, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2005
  • pp: 3001–3005

Enhanced readout signal of superresolution near-field structure disks by control of the size and distribution of metal nanoclusters

Jenq-Nan Yih, Wei-Chih Hsu, Song-Yeu Tsai, and Shean-Jen Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 15, pp. 3001-3005 (2005)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (359 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We present a study in which we enhance the carrier-to-noise ratio of a superresolution near-field structure (super-RENS) disk to read below 100–nm marks by implementing a mask layer comprising a Au nanocluster-embedded dielectric film. Various Au nanocluster-embedded mask layers are fabricated by a radio-frequency cosputtering process, and the size and distribution of Au nanoclusters are controlled. To verify the enhancement of the various films for super-RENS disk applications, the sensitivity enhancement of plasmonic gas sensing is demonstrated.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

Original Manuscript: October 4, 2004
Revised Manuscript: December 26, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: December 30, 2004
Published: May 20, 2005

Jenq-Nan Yih, Wei-Chih Hsu, Song-Yeu Tsai, and Shean-Jen Chen, "Enhanced readout signal of superresolution near-field structure disks by control of the size and distribution of metal nanoclusters," Appl. Opt. 44, 3001-3005 (2005)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. H. J. Mamin, B. D. Terris, L. S. Fan, S. Hoen, R. C. Barrett, D. Rugar, “High-density data storage using proximal probe techniques,” IBM J. Res. Dev. 39, 681–700 (1995). [CrossRef]
  2. J. Tominaga, T. Nakano, N. Atoda, “An approach for recording and readout beyond the diffraction limit with an Sb thin film,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 73, 2078–2080 (1998). [CrossRef]
  3. J. Tominaga, J. Kim, H. Fuji, D. Büchel, T. Kikukawa, L. Men, H. Fukuda, A. Sato, T. Nakano, A. Tachibana, Y. Yamakawa, M. Kumagai, T. Fukaya, N. Atoda, “Super-resolution near-field structure and signal enhancement by surface plasmons,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 40, 1831–1834 (2001). [CrossRef]
  4. A. Nomura, K. Oishi, T. Kikukawa, H. Fuji, J. Tominaga, “Super-resolution read-only memory disk with metal nanoparticles or small aperture,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 41, 1876–1879 (2002). [CrossRef]
  5. J. Tominaga, D. P. Tsai, eds., Optical Nanotechnologies: The Manipulation of Surface and Local Plasmons (Springer, Berlin, 2003). [CrossRef]
  6. C. Peng, “Superresolution near-field readout in phase-change optical disk data storage,” Appl. Opt. 40, 3922–3931 (2001). [CrossRef]
  7. B. D. Terris, H. J. Mamin, D. Rugar, “Near-field optical data storage,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 141–143 (1996). [CrossRef]
  8. E. Betzig, J. K. Trautman, “Near-field optics: microscopy, spectroscopy, and surface modification beyond the diffraction limit,” Science 257, 189–195 (1992). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  9. H. Ditlbacher, J. R. Krenn, B. Lamprecht, A. Leitner, F. R. Aussenegg, “Spectrally coded optical data storage by metal nanoparticles,” Opt. Lett. 25, 563–565 (2000). [CrossRef]
  10. W. L. Barnes, A. Dereux, T. W. Ebbesen, “Surface plasmon subwavelength optics,” Nature (London) 424, 824–830 (2003). [CrossRef]
  11. T. Liebermann, W. Knoll, “Surface-plasmon field-enhanced fluorescence spectroscopy,” Colloids Surf. A 171, 115–130 (2000). [CrossRef]
  12. D. W. Pohl, Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy (SNOM) (Academic, New York, 1991).
  13. A. Otto, I. Mrozek, H. Grabhorn, W. Akermann, “Surface-enhanced Raman scattering,” J. Phys. Condens. Mater. 4, 1143–1212 (1992). [CrossRef]
  14. S. Nie, S. R. Emory, “Probing single molecules and single nanoparticles by surface-enhanced Raman scattering,” Science 275, 1102–1106 (1997). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  15. R. H. Ritchie, “Surface plasmons in solids,” Surf. Sci. 34, 1–19 (1973). [CrossRef]
  16. V. M. Shalaev, A. K. Sarychev, “Nonlinear optical phenomena on rough surfaces of metal thin films,” Phys. Rev. B 57, 13265–13288 (1998). [CrossRef]
  17. S. Gresillon, L. Aigouy, A. C. Boccara, J. C. Rivoa, “Experimental observation of localized optical excitations in random metal-dielectric films,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 4520–4523 (1999). [CrossRef]
  18. M. C. Chen, S. D. Tsai, M. R. Chen, S. Y. Ou, W.-H. Li, K. C. Lee, “Effect of silver-nanoparticle aggregation on surface-enhanced Raman scattering from benzoic acid,” Phys. Rev. B 51, 4507–4518 (1995). [CrossRef]
  19. S.-J. Chen, F. C. Chien, G. Y. Lin, K. C. Lee, “Enhancement of the resolution of surface plasmon resonance biosensors by control of the size and distribution of nanoparticles,” Opt. Lett. 29, 1390–1392 (2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  20. T. Zhu, X. Zhang, J. Wang, X. Fu, Z. Liu, “Assembling colloidal Au nanoparticles with functionalized self-assembled monolayers,” Thin Solid Films 327, 595–598 (1998). [CrossRef]
  21. L. He, M. D. Musick, S. R. Nicewarner, F. G. Salinas, S. J. Benkovic, M. J. Natan, C. D. Keating, “Colloidal Auenhanced surface plasmon resonance for ultrasensitive detection of DNA hybridization,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 122, 9071–9077 (2000). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
Fig. 4 Fig. 5

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited