The unique and tunable optical properties of metal nanoparticles have attracted intense and sustained academic attention in recent years. In tandem with the demand for low-cost responsive materials, one particular topic of interest is the development of mechanically responsive device structures. This work describes the design, fabrication, and testing of a mechanically responsive plasmonic device structure that has been integrated onto a standard commercial plastic substrate. With a low actuation force and a visually perceivable color shift, this device would be attractive for applications requiring responsive features that can be activated by the human hand.

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Keywords effective medium, flexible materials, Plasmonics, sensor
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6528/aa97bd
Journal Nanotechnology
Citation
Rankin, A. (Alasdair), & McGarry, S. (2018). A flexible pressure responsive device based on the interaction between silver nanoparticles and an aluminum reflector. Nanotechnology, 29(1). doi:10.1088/1361-6528/aa97bd