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21 october 2020

Optical properties of tungsten trioxide, palladium, and platinum thin films for functional nanostructures engineering

In recent years, we have been witnessing the intensive development of optical gas sensors. Thin palladium and platinum films as well as tungsten trioxide films with palladium or platinum catalysts are widely used for hydrogen detection, and the optical constants of these materials are required for sensor development.

We report the optical parameters retrieved from a set of ellipsometric and transmission spectra for electron-beam evaporated palladium, platinum, and tungsten trioxide films. The tungsten trioxide films were 81 nm, 162 nm, and 515 nm thick and the metal films were as thin as 5–7 nm. Ultrathin palladium and platinum films were shown to be successfully described by local and isotropic permittivity, which is quite different from known bulk values. However, this permittivity showed a strong dependence on adjacent materials, thus illustrating that the ultrathin metallic films can be considered composites characterized by effective permittivity.

With the obtained refractive indices and permittivities, the optical spectra of fabricated WO3/Pd and WO3/Pt nanostructures incorporating 1D grating of Al2O3 were in an excellent agreement with the calculated ones without requiring any additional fitting procedures or inclusion of surface roughness layers in numerical models.

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Daria P. Kulikova, Alina A. Dobronosova, Vladimir V. Kornienko, Igor A. Nechepurenko, Aleksandr S. Baburin, Evgeny V. Sergeev, Evgeniy S. Lotkov, Ilya A. Rodionov, Alexander V. Baryshev, and Alexander V. Dorofeenko

Optics Express 28, Issue 21, 32049-32060, 2020 (ImF 3.669)

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