Silver nanorod arrays for photocathode applications

Subramanian Vilayurganapathy, Manjula I. Nandasiri, Alan G. Joly, Patrick Z. El-Khoury, Tamas Varga, Greg Coffey, Birgit Schwenzer, Archana Pandey, Asghar Kayani, Wayne P. Hess, Suntharampillai Thevuthasan

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    We explore the use of plasmonic Ag nanorod arrays featuring enhanced photoemission as high-brightness photocathode material. Silver nanorod arrays are synthesized by the direct current electrodeposition method and their dimensionality, uniformity, crystallinity, and oxide/impurity content are characterized. The yielded arrays exhibit greatly enhanced two-photon photoemission under 400 nm femtosecond pulsed laser excitation. Plasmonic field enhancement in the array produces photoemission hot spots that are mapped using photoemission electron microscopy. The relative photoemission enhancement of nanorod hot spots relative to that of a flat Ag thin film is found to range between 102 and 3 × 103.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number161112
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Issue number16
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2013


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    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Vilayurganapathy, S., Nandasiri, M. I., Joly, A. G., El-Khoury, P. Z., Varga, T., Coffey, G., Schwenzer, B., Pandey, A., Kayani, A., Hess, W. P., & Thevuthasan, S. (2013). Silver nanorod arrays for photocathode applications. Applied Physics Letters, 103(16), [161112].