Ultra-thin gold films on transparent polymers
Journal article, 2013

Fabrication of continuous ultra-thin gold films (<10 nm) on the surface of optical polymers (CYCLOTENE and ORMOCLEAR) is reported. Using a range of electrical, optical and structural characterization techniques, we show that polymers can be superior to more conventional (inorganic) materials as optical substrates for realizing ultra-thin gold films. Using these transparent polymer substrates, smooth, patternable gold films can be fabricated with conventional deposition techniques at room temperature, without adhesion or seeding layers, facilitating new photonic and plasmonic nanostructures, including transparent electrical contacts, thin film waveguides, metamaterials, biosensors and high-contrast superlenses.

WAVE-GUIDE

transparent electrodes

surface plasmons

SURFACE-PLASMON-POLARITON

DEVICES

optical polymers

ENHANCEMENT

thin metal films

METALS

ADHESION LAYER

X-ray analysis

GROWTH

Author

K. Leosson

University of Iceland

A. S. Ingason

Linköping University

Björn Agnarsson

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Biological Physics

A. Kossoy

University of Iceland

S. Olafsson

University of Iceland

M. C. Gather

Technische Universität Dresden

Nanophotonics

2192-8606 (eISSN)

Vol. 2 1 3-11

Subject Categories

Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

DOI

10.1515/nanoph-2012-0030

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