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Chin. Phys. B, 2021, Vol. 30(8): 086105    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ac078a
Special Issue: SPECIAL TOPIC — Ion beam modification of materials and applications
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Ion track-based nanowire arrays with gradient and programmable diameters towards rational light management

Ran Huang(黄冉)1,2, Jiaming Zhang(张家明)1,2, Fangfang Xu(徐芳芳)1,2, Jie Liu(刘杰)1,2, Huijun Yao(姚会军)1,2,3,4, Yonghui Chen(陈永辉)1,2,3,4, and Jinglai Duan(段敬来)1,2,3,4,†
1 Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China;
2 School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
3 Advanced Energy Science and Technology Guangdong Laboratory, Huizhou 516000, China;
4 Huizhou Research Center of Ion Sciences, Huizhou 516000, China
Abstract  Integrating nanowires with nonuniform diameter and random spatial distribution into an array can afford unconventional and additional means for modulating optical response. However, experimental realization of such a nanowire array is quite challenging. In this work, we propose a new fabrication strategy which takes advantage of ion track technology, via sequential swift heavy ion irradiation and ion track etching. Based on this strategy, we unprecedentedly realize nanowire arrays, using gold as an example, with gradient and programmable diameters in a controlled manner. We further demonstrate that such nanowire arrays can support broadband, tunable, and enhanced plasmonic responses. We believe that our new type of nanowire arrays will find great potential in applications such as light management and optoelectronic devices.
Keywords:  ion track technology      nanowire      plasmonics      light management  
Received:  01 March 2021      Revised:  23 March 2021      Accepted manuscript online:  03 June 2021
PACS:  61.72.-y (Defects and impurities in crystals; microstructure)  
  62.23.Hj (Nanowires)  
  73.20.Mf (Collective excitations (including excitons, polarons, plasmons and other charge-density excitations))  
  87.80.Cc (Optical trapping)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. U1932210, 12005270, and 11975114).
Corresponding Authors:  Jinglai Duan     E-mail:

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Ran Huang(黄冉), Jiaming Zhang(张家明), Fangfang Xu(徐芳芳), Jie Liu(刘杰), Huijun Yao(姚会军), Yonghui Chen(陈永辉), and Jinglai Duan(段敬来) Ion track-based nanowire arrays with gradient and programmable diameters towards rational light management 2021 Chin. Phys. B 30 086105

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