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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 19 — Sep. 12, 2011
  • pp: 17935–17943

Bright blue photoluminescence from the amorphous carbon via surface plasmon enhancement

Zhe Li, Xiang Li, Zhaohui Ren, Qian Gao, Xiwen Zhang, and Gaorong Han  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 19, pp. 17935-17943 (2011)

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Blue photoluminescence (PL) from hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films has been successfully enhanced via surface plasmons (SPs). a-C:H films with different thickness were deposited on Ag interlayers, of which the nanostructure was tuned from nanoparticles (NPs) to continuous films via processing conditions control. The PL enhancement factor was found to increase with the Ag NP growth and the surface roughness of the continuous Ag interlayer. A PL enhancement factor of more than 9 times has been successfully achieved when the 43 nm-thick a-C:H film coupled to an Ag interlayer with the peak surface roughness. a-C:H films with SP-enhanced PL have therefore been demonstrated to be promising for light-emitting applications.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: June 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 22, 2011
Published: August 29, 2011

Zhe Li, Xiang Li, Zhaohui Ren, Qian Gao, Xiwen Zhang, and Gaorong Han, "Bright blue photoluminescence from the amorphous carbon via surface plasmon enhancement," Opt. Express 19, 17935-17943 (2011)

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