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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 21 — Oct. 8, 2012
  • pp: 23227–23234

Optical analyses of the formation of a silver nanoparticle-containing layer in glass

Stefan Wackerow and Amin Abdolvand  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 21, pp. 23227-23234 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.023227


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Abstract

We present results of our observations on the formation of a silver nanoparticle-containing layer in glass over time. First, silver ions are driven into the glass by field-assisted ion exchange at 300 °C. A following annealing step at 550 °C resulted in the formation of silver nanoparticles (< 4 nm in diameter). This annealing was performed for five different durations (1h, 2h, 4h, 8h, 48h), and thin slices of the cross sections of the glasses have been prepared. The sequence of slices showed the growth of the nanoparticle-containing layer over time. Transmission spectra of the slices have been measured with a spatial resolution of 1.5 µm. Simulating spectra using the Maxwell-Garnett theory allowed us to determine the volume filling factor distribution of the nanoparticles across the layers. A first attempt to simulate the diffusion of silver is performed.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: July 20, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 19, 2012
Published: September 25, 2012

Citation
Stefan Wackerow and Amin Abdolvand, "Optical analyses of the formation of a silver nanoparticle-containing layer in glass," Opt. Express 20, 23227-23234 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-21-23227


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