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Broadband Optical Absorption Enhancement in Au-Coated ZnO Nanotips

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The enhancement of broadband optical absorption in zinc oxide (ZnO) nanotip (NT) arrays coated with evaporated gold (Au) on fluorine-doped SnO2 (FTO)/glass by a simple hydrothermal growth and subsequent Au evaporation is reported. As the core of ZnO NT arrays is gradually coated with evaporated Au, the reflectance is slightly increased at λ >∼800 nm while the transmittance is decreased at λ ∼400–1800 nm. For both FTO/glass and ZnO NT arrays on FTO/glass, the coating of Au improves the light absorption due to the antireflective geometry compared to the flat Au films and the absorptance is also enhanced by increasing the nominal thickness of Au with evaporation time. For the ZnO NT arrays with an Au evaporated for 600 s at 0.5 Å/s, a high absorptance of >72% is achieved over the wavelength range of 250–2000 nm, indicating a significant increase due to the enhanced antireflection property as well as the increased surface area compared to the Au-coated FTO/glass without ZnO NT arrays.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.4215

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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