Fabrication of disconnected three-dimensional silver nanostructures in a polymer matrix

  • Vora K
  • Kang S
  • Shukla S
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Abstract

We present a simple, one‐step technique for direct‐writing of a structured nanocomposite material with disconnected silver nanostructures in a polymer matrix. A nonlinear optical interaction between femtosecond laser pulses and a composite material creates silver structures that are embedded inside a polymer with submicrometer resolution (300 nm). We create complex patterns of silver nanostructures in three dimensions. The key to the process is the chemical composition of the sample that provides both a support matrix and controlled growth. The technique presented in this letter may offer a cost‐effective approach for the fabrication of bulk optical devices with engineered dispersion.

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