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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 1 — Jan. 4, 2012

Plasmon-enhanced structural coloration of metal films with isotropic Pinwheel nanoparticle arrays

Sylvanus Y. Lee, Carlo Forestiere, Alyssa J. Pasquale, Jacob Trevino, Gary Walsh, Paola Galli, Marco Romagnoli, and Luca Dal Negro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 23818-23830 (2011)

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We experimentally demonstrate angle-insensitive (i.e., isotropic) coloration of nanostructured metal surfaces by engineered light scattering from homogenized Pinwheel aperiodic arrays of gold nanoparticles deposited on gold substrates. In sharp contrast to the colorimetric responses of periodically nanopatterned surfaces, which strongly depend on the observation angle, Pinwheel nanoparticle arrays give rise to intense and isotropic structural coloration enhanced by plasmonic resonance. Pinwheel nanoparticle arrays with isotropic Fourier space were fabricated on a gold thin film and investigated using dark-field scattering and angle-resolved reflectivity measurements. Isotropic green coloration of metal films was demonstrated on Pinwheel patterns, with greatly reduced angular sensitivity and enhanced spatial uniformity of coloration compared to both periodic and random arrays. These findings, which are supported by coupled-dipole numerical simulations of differential scattering cross sections and radiation diagrams, could advance plasmonic applications to display, optical tagging and colorimetric sensing technologies.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(330.1710) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color, measurement
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

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Original Manuscript: September 26, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2011
Published: November 8, 2011

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Vol. 7, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Sylvanus Y. Lee, Carlo Forestiere, Alyssa J. Pasquale, Jacob Trevino, Gary Walsh, Paola Galli, Marco Romagnoli, and Luca Dal Negro, "Plasmon-enhanced structural coloration of metal films with isotropic Pinwheel nanoparticle arrays," Opt. Express 19, 23818-23830 (2011)

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