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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2013
  • pp: 194–204

Long-term stability of capped and buffered palladium-nickel thin films and nanostructures for plasmonic hydrogen sensing applications

Nikolai Strohfeldt, Andreas Tittl, and Harald Giessen  »View Author Affiliations


Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp. 194-204 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OME.3.000194


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Abstract

One of the main challenges in optical hydrogen sensing is the stability of the sensor material. We found and studied an optimized material combination for fast and reliable optical palladium-based hydrogen sensing devices. It consists of a palladium-nickel alloy that is buffered by calcium fluoride and capped with a very thin layer of platinum. Our system shows response times below 10 s and almost no short-term aging effects. Furthermore, we successfully incorporated this optimized material system into plasmonic nanostructures, laying the foundation for a stable and sensitive hydrogen detector.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

ToC Category:
Metamaterials

History
Original Manuscript: November 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 1, 2013
Published: January 9, 2013

Citation
Nikolai Strohfeldt, Andreas Tittl, and Harald Giessen, "Long-term stability of capped and buffered palladium-nickel thin films and nanostructures for plasmonic hydrogen sensing applications," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 194-204 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ome/abstract.cfm?URI=ome-3-2-194


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