Optical properties of Au nanostructures obtained by pulsed UV laser irradiation of thin films


  • Katarzyna Grochowska
  • Gerard Śliwiński




The particle size distribution, morphology and optical properties of the Au nanoparticle structures are investigated in relation to their preparation conditions. The structures are produced from thin Au films (10-20nm) sputtered on SiO2 glass substrate and annealed with several pulses (6ns) of laser radiation at 266nm and at fluencies in the range of 10?400mJ/cm2. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) inspection reveals nearly homogeneously distributed, spherical gold particles with an average radius of 40nm. In the absorbance spectra of the nanostructures the broad peak centered at 550nm is ascribed to resonant absorption of surface plasmons (SPR). The peak position, halfwidth and intensity depend on the shape, size and size distribution of the nanostructured particles in agreement with literature. From peak intensities of the Raman spectra, recorded for Rhodamine 6G in the range of 300?1800cm-1, the relative signal enhancement for individual peaks (by a factor between 20 and 603) is estimated. Results confirm that the obtained structures are suitable for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) measurements and sensing.

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How to Cite

K. Grochowska and G. Śliwiński, “Optical properties of Au nanostructures obtained by pulsed UV laser irradiation of thin films”, Photonics Lett. Pol., vol. 3, no. 3, pp. pp. 101–103, Sep. 2011.