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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 19 — Sep. 17, 2007
  • pp: 12151–12160

Effect of heat accumulation on the dynamic range of a gold nanorod doped polymer nanocomposite for optical laser writing and patterning

Peter Zijlstra, James W.M. Chon, and Min Gu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 19, pp. 12151-12160 (2007)

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Even though gold nanorod doped dielectrics have been widely used for optical laser writing and patterning there has been no attempt to study the dynamic range of these nanocomposites, let alone exploring ways to improve this property. Here we study the dynamic range of a gold nanorod doped polyvinyl alcohol film for various laser spot sizes at two different laser pulse repetition rates and show that when a high repetition rate laser source is employed the dynamic range of the nanocomposite is severely limited due to accumulative heating inside the focal volume. This problem could be solved by silica-coating the nanorods inside the polymer matrix. This method does not compromise the high repetition rate of the laser writing source and yet retains the attractive flexible properties of the polymer matrix. The silica-coated gold nanorod doped polymer nanocomposite could be an attractive medium for future high-speed, high repetition rate pulsed laser writing and patterning applications.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(210.4770) Optical data storage : Optical recording
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.5340) Other areas of optics : Photothermal effects

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Original Manuscript: July 5, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 27, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 27, 2007
Published: September 10, 2007

Peter Zijlstra, James W. M. Chon, and Min Gu, "Effect of heat accumulation on the dynamic range of a gold nanorod doped polymer nanocomposite for optical laser writing and patterning," Opt. Express 15, 12151-12160 (2007)

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