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Surface effects and gold-nanostructure surface coating of whispering-gallery microresonators

Deepak, Ganta
Abstract
Scope and Method of Study:
The purpose of this study is to explore the surface effects of high-quality-factor optical microsphere resonators and thin-film-coated microresonators in various ambient gases. In this work, we present a systematic study of the assembly and characterization of gold nanostructures. We employ a wet-chemical synthesis method for growing gold nanorods and a directed electrochemical method for assembly of gold nanowires. The adhesion methods of gold nanostructures on high-quality-factor optical microsphere resonators are also investigated.
Findings and Conclusions:
A novel method is employed for measuring thermal accommodation coefficients of various gases like nitrogen, helium and ambient air on several coated and uncoated surfaces of fused-silica microresonators, operating at room temperature. This method is further extended to measure the absorption coefficient of a surface film or water layer on a fused-silica microresonator, and provides a novel method to find the water layer desorption and adsorption rates on the surface of a microresonator in the presence of gases like ambient air and nitrogen. We have adapted methods for growing gold nanorods of different aspect ratios (AR), and developed a novel method of growing high-AR (20-400) gold nanowires from low-AR gold nanorods. Various methods were discovered to coat these gold nanostructures and carbon nanotubes on the fused-silica surface. The most successful method involves surface modification with MPMDMS (i.e., silanization) before coating with gold nanorods. These coating methods have made microresonators useful for plasmonic sensing applications.
Date
2010-05