Plasmonics: Minimizing loss by thinning, smoothing

8 julio 2014

A gas cluster ion beam smoothing produces ultrathin silver films and lithographically patterned structures to enhance plasmonic performance, researchers report. Plasmonic devices — such as superlenses, hyperlenses and plasmonic waveguides — have exciting potential for research and commercial applications because they permit optical lithography, imaging and waveguiding to be performed at resolutions below the diffraction limit of light.