Laser implantation of plasmonic nanostructures into glass

Simon J. Henley, Michail Beliatis, Vlad Stolojan, S. Ravi P. Silva

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A laser direct-writing method producing high-resolution patterns of gold, silver and alloy plasmonic nanoparticles implanted into the surface of glass substrates is demonstrated, by scanning a pulsed UV laser beam across selected areas of ultra-thin metal films. The nanoparticles are incorporated beneath the surface of the glass and hence the patterns are scratch-resistant. The physical mechanisms controlling the process are investigated and we demonstrate that this technique can be used to fabricate a wide range of plasmonic optical structures such as wavelength selected diffraction gratings and high-density substrates for lab-on-chip surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1054–1059
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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