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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 20 — Sep. 24, 2012
  • pp: 22579–22584

Diffractive optical element embedded in silver-doped nanocomposite glass

Lauren A. H. Fleming, Stefan Wackerow, Andrew C. Hourd, W. Allan Gillespie, Gerhard Seifert, and Amin Abdolvand  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 20, pp. 22579-22584 (2012)

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A diffractive optical element is fabricated with relative ease in a glass containing spherical silver nanoparticles 30 to 40 nm in diameter and embedded in a surface layer of thickness ~10 μm. The nanocomposite was sandwiched between a mesh metallic electrode with a lattice constant 2 μm, facing the nanoparticle containing layer and acting as an anode, and a flat metal electrode as cathode. Applying moderate direct current electric potentials of 0.4 kV and 0.6 kV at an elevated temperature of 200°C for 30 minutes across the nanocomposites led to the formation of a periodic array of embedded structures of metallic nanoparticles. The current-time dynamics of the structuring processes, optical analyses of the structured nanocomposites and diffraction pattern of one such fabricated element are presented.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: August 1, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 11, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 12, 2012
Published: September 18, 2012

Lauren A. H. Fleming, Stefan Wackerow, Andrew C. Hourd, W. Allan Gillespie, Gerhard Seifert, and Amin Abdolvand, "Diffractive optical element embedded in silver-doped nanocomposite glass," Opt. Express 20, 22579-22584 (2012)

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