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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3317–3324

Spectral response of nanocrystalline ZnO films embedded with Au nanoparticles

Anuradha Patra, A. Manivannan, and S. Kasiviswanathan  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 12, pp. 3317-3324 (2012)

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The optical response of a two-phase composite consisting of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) in a nanocrystalline ZnO thin film matrix has been systematically studied and analyzed by the Bergman–Milton spectral density formalism. The real and imaginary parts of the effective dielectric function exhibited anomalous dispersion and absorption, respectively, at the characteristic localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelength. A multilayer structure consisting of two AuNP–ZnO composite films separated by a thin ZnO film displayed a twofold increase in the absorption at LSPR (with negligible change in FWHM), which is attributed to the increase in the number density of the AuNPs resulting from the nanocrystalline nature of the ZnO film. The results have been used to correlate the spectral density function to the morphology of AuNPs in a ZnO matrix.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(160.2710) Materials : Inhomogeneous optical media

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Original Manuscript: July 30, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 6, 2012
Published: November 16, 2012

Anuradha Patra, A. Manivannan, and S. Kasiviswanathan, "Spectral response of nanocrystalline ZnO films embedded with Au nanoparticles," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 3317-3324 (2012)

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