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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2013
  • pp: 390–399

Silver migration at the surface of ion-exchange waveguides: a plasmonic template

Patrícia Loren Inácio, Bruno J. Barreto, Flavio Horowitz, Ricardo R. B. Correia, and Marcelo B. Pereira  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 3, pp. 390-399 (2013)

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The formation and evolution of metallic-silver nanoparticles capped with silver oxide, in the surface of Ag-doped waveguides produced by ion-exchange, were characterized. The samples were exposed to air atmosphere for periods lasting until 35 days and their aging process was investigated by optical and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) measurements. The results evidence migration of the Ag+ cations from inside the glass to the surface at room temperature, followed by aggregation of the silver nanoparticles (NPs) and oxidation, creating a nanometric-thick layer over the waveguide surface. This layer was employed for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signal and for the fabrication of holographic diffraction gratings (HDG), which are presented as application examples of this material as a new plasmonic template.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials

ToC Category:
Materials for Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: October 31, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 27, 2012
Published: February 7, 2013

Patrícia Loren Inácio, Bruno J. Barreto, Flavio Horowitz, Ricardo R. B. Correia, and Marcelo B. Pereira, "Silver migration at the surface of ion-exchange waveguides: a plasmonic template," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 390-399 (2013)

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