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Angle-resolved reflectance of obliquely aligned silver nanorods

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Arrays of silver nanorods (AgNRs) formed by oblique-angle deposition (OAD) are strongly anisotropic, with either metallic or dielectric characteristics depending on the polarization of incident light, and may be used to enhance Raman scattering and surface plasmon polaritons. This work investigates the polarization-dependent reflectance of inclined AgNR arrays at the wavelengths of 635 and 977 nm. The specular reflectance at various incidence angles and the bidirectional reflectance distribution function were measured with a laser scatterometer, while the directional-hemispherical reflectance was measured with an integrating sphere. The AgNR layer is modeled as an effectively homogenous, optically uniaxial material using the effective medium theory to elucidate the dielectric or metallic response for differently polarized incidence. The thin-film optics formulation is modified considering optical anisotropy and surface scattering. This study helps gain a better understanding of optical properties of nanostructured materials.

©2012 Optical Society of America

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