20 April 2006 Silver-doped nanocomposite glass as a base material for fine metallodielectric microstructuring
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A simple technique to prepare large-area, regular microstructures in glass containing silver nanoparticles is presented. Here the modification of spatial distribution of the nanoparticles is achieved using a direct current (DC) electric field at moderately elevated temperatures. The technique exploits the recently reported effect of "electric field-assisted dissolution" (EFAD) of silver nanoparticles during which the silver nanoparticles embedded in a glass matrix can be destroyed and dissolved in the glass in form of Ag+ ions by a combination of an intense DC electric field (~1kV) and moderately elevated temperature (~280°C). This process can lead to a total transparency of the nanocomposite glasses, which to our knowledge can not be achieved via any other technique. In this work, the possibility to produce orderly-oriented array of embedded, 2-D, micron size optical structures in silver-doped nanocomposite glass is demonstrated. This could lead to an easy way for production of many useful optical devices based on the composite materials.
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Amin Abdolvand, Alexander Podlipensky, Sven Matthias, Frank Syrowatka, Gerhard Seifert, Heinrich Graener, "Silver-doped nanocomposite glass as a base material for fine metallodielectric microstructuring", Proc. SPIE 6195, Nanophotonics, 61950V (20 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.661929; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.661929

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