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Spectral-Selective Plasmonic Polymer Nanocomposites Across the Visible and Near-Infrared

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posted on 25.03.2019, 00:00 by Assad U. Khan, Yichen Guo, Xi Chen, Guoliang Liu
State-of-the-art commercial light-reflecting glass is coated with a metalized film to decrease the transmittance of electromagnetic waves. In addition to the cost of the metalized film, one major limitation of such light-reflecting glass is the lack of spectral selectivity over the entire visible and near-infrared (NIR) spectrum. To address this challenge, we herein effectively harness the transmittance, reflectance, and filtration of any wavelength across the visible and NIR, by judiciously controlling the planar orientation of two-dimensional plasmonic silver nanoplates (AgNPs) in polymer nanocomposites. In contrast to conventional bulk polymer nanocomposites where plasmonic nanoparticles are randomly mixed within a polymer matrix, our thin-film polymer nanocomposites comprise a single layer, or any desired number of multiple layers, of planarly oriented AgNPs separated by tunable spacings. This design employs a minimal amount of metal and yet efficiently manages light across the visible and NIR. The thin-film plasmonic polymer nanocomposites are expected to have a significant impact on spectral-selective light modulation, sensing, optics, optoelectronics, and photonics.