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Effect of surface type on structural and optical properties of Ag nanoparticles formed by dewetting

2013
Optical Society of America, 9 September 2013; Vol. 21, No. S5; DOI:10.1364; OE.21.00A798; OPTICS EXPRESS A798
Irem Tanyeli, Hisham Nasser, Firat Es, Alpan Bek and Ra┼čit Turan
Integration of an array of Ag nanoparticles in solar cells is expected to increase light trapping through field enhancement and plasmonic scattering. Requirement of Ag nanoparticle decoration of cell surfaces or interfaces at the macro-scale, calls for a self-organized fabrication method such as thermal dewetting. Optical properties of a 2D array of Ag nanoparticles are known to be very sensitive to their shape and size. We show that these parameters depend on the type of the substrate used. We observe that the average nanoparticle size decreases with increasing substrate thermal conductivity and nanoparticle size distribution broadens with increasing surface roughness.