Characterizing optical properties of self-assembled gold nanoparticles for surface plasmon resonance device applications

Hsuen Li Chen, Hsu Chun Cheng, Tsung Shine Ko, Shang Yu Chuang, Tien Chi Chu

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In this study, the optical constants of gold nanoparticles are evaluated for surface plasmon-based sensor applications. Using an effective medium approximation (EMA) and ellipsometry, approaches to monitor the self-assembly of gold nanoparticles are also demonstrated. Spectroscopic ellipsometric parameters measured (tan Ψ, cos Δ) before and after adding gold nanoparticles to a substrate are used to calculate the optical constants of gold nanoparticles. The film thickness is measured by grazing incidence X-ray reflectivity (XRR). The optical constants (refractive index, extinction coefficient) of gold nanoparticles can be obtained from the measured ellipsometric parameters and thickness. We also show that particles density can be well predicted and detected nondestructively by this method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6984-6986
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number9 A
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sep 7


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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