Abstract

In the present work, we have fabricated plasmonic gold/alumina nanocomposite (Au/Al2O3 NC) thin films on a glass substrate at room temperature by RF magnetron co-sputtering. The influence of the film thickness (1040  nm) on the optical and other physical properties of the samples was investigated and correlated with the structural and compositional properties. The X-ray diffractometer measurement revealed the formation of Au nanoparticles with average crystallite size (5–9.2 nm) embedded in an amorphous Al2O3 matrix. The energy-dispersive X ray and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results confirmed the formation of Au/Al2O3 NC quantitatively and qualitatively and it was observed that atomic% of Au increased by increasing thickness. The optical constants of the plasmonic Au/Al2O3 NC thin films were examined by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry in the wide spectral range of 246–1688 nm, accounting the surface characteristics in the optical stack model, and the obtained results are expected to be unique. Additionally, a thickness-dependent blueshift (631–590 nm) of surface plasmon resonance peak was observed in the absorption spectra. These findings of the plasmonic Au/Al2O3 NC films may allow the design and fabrication of small, compact, and efficient devices for optoelectronic and photonic applications.

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