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Analysis, Design, and Manufacture of Thin-Film Plasmonic Materials

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Investigation of analysis methods of plasmonic crystals and metamaterials using traditional optical analysis, Planewave Expansion Method, and multiphysics software was conducted. 1D and 2D plasmonic crystals were studied and simulated for field enhancement. The sub-diffraction superlens and anisotropic lenses based on metamaterials were studied and an anisotropic lens was designed through computation. Comparison to existing work was made for evaluation of use in sub-diffraction limit nano-lithography.

Investigation of manufacturing methods for thin-film-based plasmonic materials was carried-out. Ultra-flat metal methods involving template-stripping were used for superior surface performance key in plasmonic applications. Template-stripping through metal diffusion bonding and adhesive bonding were investigated, discussed, and employed with patterned ultra-flat metal films.

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