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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2112–2131

RF sputtered amorphous chalcogenide thin films for surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy

F. Verger, V. Nazabal, F. Colas, P. Němec, C. Cardinaud, E. Baudet, R. Chahal, E. Rinnert, K. Boukerma, I. Peron, S. Deputier, M. Guilloux-Viry, J.P. Guin, H. Lhermite, A. Moreac, C. Compère, and B. Bureau  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 12, pp. 2112-2131 (2013)

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The primary objective of this study is the development of transparent thin film materials in the IR enabling strong infrared absorption of organic compounds in the vicinity of metal nanoparticles by the surface plasmon effect. For developing these optical micro-sensors, hetero-structures combining gold nanoparticles and chalcogenide planar waveguides are fabricated and adequately characterized. Single As2S3 and Ge25Sb10Se65 amorphous chalcogenide thin films are prepared by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. For the fabrication of gold nanoparticles on a chalcogenide planar waveguide, direct current sputtering is employed. Fabricated single layers or hetero-structures are characterized using various techniques to investigate the influence of deposition parameters. The nanoparticles of gold are functionalized by a self-assembled monolayer of 4-nitrothiophenol. Finally, the surface enhanced infrared absorption spectra of 4-nitrothiophenol self-assembled on fabricated Au/Ge-Sb-Se thin films hetero-structures are measured and analyzed. This optical component presents a ~24 enhancement factor for the detection of NO2 symmetric stretching vibration band of 4-nitrothiophenol at 1336 cm−1.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3060) Integrated optics : Infrared
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared
(310.1860) Thin films : Deposition and fabrication
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

ToC Category:
Glass and Other Amorphous Materials

Original Manuscript: September 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 15, 2013
Published: November 22, 2013

F. Verger, V. Nazabal, F. Colas, P. Němec, C. Cardinaud, E. Baudet, R. Chahal, E. Rinnert, K. Boukerma, I. Peron, S. Deputier, M. Guilloux-Viry, J.P. Guin, H. Lhermite, A. Moreac, C. Compère, and B. Bureau, "RF sputtered amorphous chalcogenide thin films for surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 2112-2131 (2013)

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