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dc.contributor.advisorMaaza, M
dc.contributor.advisorKnoesen, D
dc.contributor.authorKama Kama, Jean Bosco
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-07T08:00:38Z
dc.date.available2022-03-07T08:00:38Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11394/8807
dc.descriptionMagister Philosophiae - MPhilen_US
dc.description.abstractThe fascinating optical properties of metallic nanostructures, dominated by collective oscillations of free electrons known as plasmons, open new opportunities for the development of devices fabrication based on noble metal nanoparticle composite materials. This thesis demonstrates a low-cost and versatile technique to produce stimuli-responsive ultrafast plasmonic nanostructures with reversible tunable optical properties. Albeit challenging, further control using thermal external stimuli to tune the local environment of gold nanoparticles embedded in V02 host matrix would be ideal for the design of responsive functional nanocomposites. We prepared Au-V02 nanocomposite thin films by the inverted cylindrical reactive magnetron sputtering (ICMS) known as hollow cathode magnetron sputtering for the first time and report the reversible tuning of surface plasmon resonance of Au nanoparticles by only adjusting the external temperature stimuli. The structural, morphological, interfacial analysis and optical properties of the optimized nanostructures have been studied. ICMS has been attracting much attention for its enclosed geometry and its ability to deposit on large area, uniform coating of smart nanocomposites at high deposition rate. Before achieving the aforementioned goals, a systematic study and optimization process of V02 host matrix has been done by studying the influence of deposition parameters on the structural, morphological and optical switching properties of V02 thin films. A reversible thermal tunability of the optical/dielectric constants of V02 thin films by spectroscopic ellipsometry has been intensively also studied in order to bring more insights about the shift of the plasmon of gold nanoparticles imbedded in V02 host matrix.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of the Western Capeen_US
dc.subjectVanadium dioxideen_US
dc.subjectTransition temperatureen_US
dc.subjectThermochromismen_US
dc.subjectOptical constantsen_US
dc.subjectGold nanoparticlesen_US
dc.subjectNanocompositesen_US
dc.subjectThermal stimuli-responsiveen_US
dc.subjectPlasmonsen_US
dc.subjectInverted cylindrical reactive magnetron sputteringen_US
dc.titleTowards stimuli-responsive functional nanocomposites: Smart tunable plasmonic nanostructures au-v02en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity of the Western Capeen_US


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