Gold Bulletin

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 100–106 | Cite as

Surface Plasmon Resonance Tunability in Au−VO2 Thermochromic Nano-composites

  • M. Maaza
  • O. Nemraoui
  • C. Sella
  • A. C. Beye
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A new type of photo-active nano-composite material appropriate for Ultra-fast Nonlinear Optical χ(3) (ω) applications has been synthesized and optically characterized. Compared to standard noble metal particles- oxide nano-composites exhibiting a superior effective χ(3) (ω) due to the enhancement of the local electric field, these Au−VO2 nano-composites display an additional reversibly tunable surface plasmon frequency under external temperature stimuli. Such a smart plasmon tunability is correlated to the Mott’s type semiconducting/metallic 1st order transition of the host VO2 matrix. The nano-gold surface plasmon wavelength shifts reversibly from 645 nm to 598nm when the Au−VO2 nano-composites temperature varies from 25°C to 120°C.


Surface Plasmon Resonance Plasmon Resonance Host Matrix Local Electric Field Vanadium Dioxide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanosciences LaboratoriesMaterials Research Group, iThemba LABSSomerset WestSouth Africa
  2. 2.Physics Dept.Rand Afrikaans UniversityJohannesburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.Laboratoire d’Optique des SolidesUniversite Pierre-Marie CurieParis CedexFrance
  4. 4.Princeton Materials InstitutePrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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