New Gold Nanoparticles Adhesion Process Opening the Way of Improved and Highly Sensitive Plasmonics Technologies (article)
Gold nanostructures have very suitable physical properties for plasmonic applications but do not stick on glass substrates. One usually uses a chromium adhesion layer that gives good mechanical adhesion but quench the plasmon. We developed a new adhesion process that permits a covalent bonding between gold and glass thanks to an MPTMS molecular layer throughout nanolithography pro- cess. We demonstrate that this new adhesion layer allows an improvement of the optical properties of the gold nanopar- ticles as well as an essential improvement of their surface- enhanced Raman scattering performances.
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