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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 2 — Jan. 21, 2008
  • pp: 710–717

Large optical birefringence by anisotropic silver nanocomposites

Jorge Alejandro Reyes-Esqueda, Carlos Torres-Torres, Juan Carlos Cheang-Wong, Alejandro Crespo-Sosa, Luis Rodríguez-Fernández, Cecilia Noguez, and Alicia Oliver  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 710-717 (2008)

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A large optical birefringence of oriented Ag nanoellipsoids embedded in silica was measured using an ellipsometric technique. The two main surface plasmon resonances associated with the axes of the ellipsoid were tuned, allowing us to quantify the light transmission through the samples when placed and rotated between crossed and parallel polarizers. This birefringence can be physically associated with the selective optical absorption of one component of the linear polarization of the incident light with respect to the anisotropic axis of the sample, depending on the wavelength used to perform the measurement.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: September 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 29, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2007
Published: January 9, 2008

Jorge A. Reyes-Esqueda, Carlos Torres-Torres, Juan-Carlos Cheang-Wong, Alejandro Crespo-Sosa, Luis Rodríguez-Fernández, Cecilia Noguez, and Alicia Oliver, "Large optical birefringence by anisotropic silver nanocomposites," Opt. Express 16, 710-717 (2008)

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