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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 5069–5081

Detuned surface plasmon resonance scattering of gold nanorods for continuous wave multilayered optical recording and readout

Adam B. Taylor, Jooho Kim, and James W. M. Chon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 5069-5081 (2012)

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In a multilayered structure of absorptive optical recording media, continuous-wave laser operation is highly disadvantageous due to heavy beam extinction. For a gold nanorod based recording medium, the narrow surface plasmon resonance (SPR) profile of gold nanorods enables the variation of extinction through mulilayers by a simple detuning of the readout wavelength from the SPR peak. The level of signal extinction through the layers can then be greatly reduced, resulting more efficient readout at deeper layers. The scattering signal strength may be decreased at the detuned wavelength, but balancing these two factors results an optimal scattering peak wavelength that is specific to each layer. In this paper, we propose to use detuned SPR scattering from gold nanorods as a new mechanism for continuous-wave readout scheme on gold nanorod based multilayered optical storage. Using this detuned scattering method, readout using continuous-wave laser is demonstrated on a 16 layer optical recording medium doped with heavily distributed, randomly oriented gold nanorods. Compared to SPR on-resonant readout, this method reduced the required readout power more than one order of magnitude, with only 60 nm detuning from SPR peak. The proposed method will be highly beneficial to multilayered optical storage applications as well as applications using a continuous medium doped heavily with plasmonic nanoparticles.

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OCIS Codes
(210.4810) Optical data storage : Optical storage-recording materials
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: November 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2012
Published: February 15, 2012

Adam B. Taylor, Jooho Kim, and James W. M. Chon, "Detuned surface plasmon resonance scattering of gold nanorods for continuous wave multilayered optical recording and readout," Opt. Express 20, 5069-5081 (2012)

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