Patterning and encryption using gold nanoparticles
Jorge Perez-Juste, Paul Mulvaney, Luis M Liz-Martan
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NANOTECHNOLOGY | INDERSCIENCE ENTERPRISES LTD | Published : 2007
In this paper we describe a simple technique for the creation of patterns on different size scales and in a variety of substrates, based on the selective reshaping of Au nanorods into nanospheres. The drastic change in the optical properties of these materials when their shape is modified provides a sensitive and accurate tool for the creation of areas with different colours. Additionally, because the nanorods possess orientation-dependent optical response, the patterns can be selectively encoded or decoded by using polarised light. Copyright © 2007 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.