Ultrathin Nanostructured Metals for Highly Transmissive Plasmonic Subtractive Color Filters

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Supplementary materials

Ultrathin Nanostructured Metals for Highly Transmissive
Plasmonic Subtractive Color Filters

Beibei Zeng
*
, Yongkang Gao, Filbert J. Bartoli


Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015








E
-
mail:
*
bez210@lehigh.edu
,

fjb205@lehigh.edu


Before designing and patterning nanostructures on ultrathin Ag films, it i
s
important

to characterize their optical
properties since the optical constants of ultrathin metal films can differ significantly from those of thick metal films
[
1
,
2
].
U
se
of
accurate optical constants
is
critical in theoretical and

numerical
calculation
s, both for the study of
physical mechanisms, and the design and optimization of plasmonic nanostructures [
3
].

T
he optical constants and
thickness of the ultrathin Ag film were measured using a spectroscopic ellipsometer

(
J. A. Woolam
)
.
Figure S1
shows the

m
easured optical constants of ultrathin (30
nm

thick)
and bulk

(
350
nm

thick) Ag films.



Figure
S1
.

M
easured optical constants of ultrathin (30
nm

thick)
and bulk

(
350
nm

thick) Ag films.





Figure S
2
.

The
experimental setup for

the
optical

transmission measurement
s

using

an Olympus IX81

inverted
microscope
. A halogen

lamp is used as the
white
light source.
The transmi
tted

light is collected by a

40
× objective
len
s, and then
coupled into a multimode fiber bundle interfaced with a compact spectrometer (Ocean Optics USB
4000)
.

2




Figure
S3
.

(a)
Illumination of the SCFs with
TE
-
polarized white light. Each square shows high transmission, but no
color fi
ltering is observed
.
The nanograting period in each square changes from 220
nm

to 360
nm
. The s
cale bar is
5
µm
. (b)
2D maps of the calculated optical transmission

spectra for
p
lasmonic

SCF
s

as a function of the

period and
incident wavelength

under
TE
-
polariz
ed incident light.

The
solid and

dashed

black

lines

refer to

Rayleigh
-
Wood
anomaly at glass/Ag and air/Ag interfaces, respectively.




Figure
S4
.

Calculated 2
D maps of the
TM
(
a
) absorption

(A)

and (b) reflection (R) enhancement of
30
nm
-
thick

Ag

nan
ogratings (duty cycle,

0.5
)
as a function of the incident wavelength and

grating
period
, normalized to that of the
unpatterned flat Ag film (
30
nm
-
thick
), A
nanogratings
/A
flat
-
film

and

R
nanogratings
/R
flat
-
film
, respectively. The proportional
absorption
enhan
cement is much larger than that of the reflection (which was initially large, see Figure 4), as shown
by the different scale bars. The reflection outside the resonance region is strongly reduced (relative to the
unpatterned Ag film), due to the removal of
highly
-
reflective Ag in the nanogratings.

3




Figure
S5
.

Calculated
s
ymmetric

charge distribution at the air/Ag and glass/Ag interfaces of the Ag nanogratings
(P=
3
4
0
nm
) at the resonan
ce

wavelength of 6
10
nm
.








Figure S
6
.

Electric field distribution of
plasmonic SCFs consisting of only
two nanoslits

that
exhibit distinct
magenta or
cy
an colors,
with

slit
-
to
-
slit distances of (a
)
27
0
nm

and
(
b
)
35
0
nm
, respec
tively.

The duty cycle is set as
0.5.
S
trong
ly

confine
d and enhanced electromagnetic fields, associated with
SRSPP and LSPP modes
, are clearly
observed at the central Ag wires
.





Figure
S7
.

SEM image
s

of
(a) cyan (
P=
3
5
0
nm
) and (a)

magenta (
P=
27
0
nm
)
plasmonic SCFs with 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10
nanoslits of

different lengths decreasing from 2
μm

to 0.3
μm
.
The
scale bars represent
5
µm
.



4








Figure
S
8
.

(a) Full view and (b) enlarged SEM images of the fabricated letter “L”
formed by nanogratings with two
different periods on the ultrathin (30
nm

thick) Ag film. The periods of the nanogratings for letter “L” and the
background are P
1
=270
nm

and P
2
=350
nm
, respectively.
The
scale bars represent
10
µm
.


Plasmonic
v
.
s
.

non
-
plasmonic

ultrathin
nanogratings


To distinguish between plasmonic and non
-
plasmonic effects

in the nanogratings
,
a

control

experiment

was
also
performed
on a series of nanogratings in an ultrathin (30
nm
-
thick)

Ti

film.

Ti is a
loss
y
material

that does not sup
port
SPPs

in this wavelength range.

Fig
.
S9.

(a) and (b)
show

the optical
microscop
e

images of
the ultrathin
Ag and
Ti nanogratings

(inset shows representative SEM images of
the fabricated nanogratings)

under the same
experimental
condition
s.

All

of

the fa
bricated nanogratings
have the same dimensions of 10×10
µm
2
.

I
n
Fig
.
S9.

(a), the Ag nanogratings exhibit
a full palette of
filtered
subtractive colors that
change

from yellow to cyan
,
for

period
s

varying between

220
nm

and

360
nm

in
2
0
nm
increment
s

(duty cyc
le
is set as 0.5
)
.
On the contrary, no
color filtering effects

can be
observed in the non
-
plasmonic Ti nanogratings under the same experimental condition, as shown in
Fig
.
S9.

(b). This control experiment
unambiguously
demonstrates the plasmonic origin of
subtractive color
filtering in ultrathin Ag
nanogratings
.


To further characterize the
plasmonic effect
, we calculate the
electric field distribution of ultrathin
(30
nm
-
thick)
Ag
and Ti
nanogratings
(
period P=320
nm
, line
-
width w=
160
nm
)

at the resonan
ce
wavelength (transmission minimum) of 575nm, and plot them in
Fig
.
S9.

(c) and (d), respectively
.

In
Fig
.
S9.

(c),
t
he
highly
-
confined and enhanced electric field at the Ag/glass interface and sharp corners of the
Ag
strip

clearly demonstrates the
excita
tion of
plasmonic modes
.

On the contrary, no such strong field
confinement is observed in the Ti nanogratings, as shown in
Fig
.
S9.

(d)
.


Therefore, the above experimental and simulation results clearly demonstrate that plasmonic
interactions are re
sponsible for subtractive color filtering in ultrathin Ag nanogratings.

5




Figure
S9
.

(a)
A full palette of transmitted subtractive colors (ranging from yellow to cyan) is revealed in above
10×10
µm
2

squares under
TM
-
p
olarized white light illumination. The scale bar represents

5
µm
. The period of the Ag
nanogratings varied from 220
nm

to 360
nm
, in 20
nm

increments. The inset shows a SEM image,

with a s
cale bar
indicating

5
00nm
. (b) Optical microscopy images of Ti nanograti
ngs under the same conditions as that of Ag
nanogratings.
E
lectric field

distribution of (c) Ag and
(d)

Ti
nanogratings
with period
P=3
2
0
nm

and line
-
width
w
=
16
0
nm

at the resonance wavelength of 575
nm
.




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