Porosity effect on surface plasmon resonance from metallic sculptured thin films

Ibrahim Abdulhalim, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Amit Lahav, Fan Zhang, Jian Xu

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When a sculptured thin film (STF), made of a metal and ≤ 50 nm thick, is used in lieu of a dense layer of metal in the Kretschmann configuration, experimental data for a STF comprising parallel tilted nanowires shows that a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can still be excited. As the porosity of the chosen STF increases, experimental data and numerical simulations indicate the SPR dip with respect to the angle of incidence of the exciting plane wave widens and eventually disappears, leaving behind a a vestigial peak near the onset to the total-internal-reflection regime.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanostructured Thin Films
StatePublished - 21 Nov 2008
EventNanostructured Thin Films - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 13 Aug 200814 Aug 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceNanostructured Thin Films
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Columnar thin film
  • Surface plasmon resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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