• Control of the plasmonic resonance of a graphene coated plasmonic nanoparticle array combined with a nematic liquid crystalOpen access paper
    Luciano De Sio, Ugo Cataldi, Thomas Bürgi, Nelson Tabiryan and Timothy J. Bunning
    AIP Advances, 6 (7) , 2016, p75114
    DOI:10.1063/1.4959869 | unige:94066 | Abstract | Article HTML | Article PDF
We report on the fabrication and characterization of a switchable plasmonic device based on a conductive graphene oxide (cGO) coated plasmonic nanoparticle (NP) array, layered with nematic liquid crystal (NLC) as an active medium. A monolayer of NPs has been immobilized on a glass substrate through electrostatic interaction, and then grown in place using nanochemistry. This monolayer is then coated with a thin (less then 100nm) cGO film which acts simultaneously as both an electro-conductive and active medium. The combination of the conductive NP array with a separate top cover substrate having both cGO and a standard LC alignment layer is used for aligning a NLC film in a hybrid configuration. The system is analysed in terms of morphological and electro-optical properties. The spectral response of the sample characterized after each element is added (air, cGO, NLC) reveals a red-shift of the localized plasmonic resonance (LPR) frequency of approximately 62nm with respect to the NP array surrounded by air. The application of an external voltage (8Vpp) is suitable to modulate (blue shift) the LPR frequency by approximately 22nm.

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