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Title: Multicolored Vertical Silicon Nanowires

Abstract

We demonstrate that vertical silicon nanowires take on a surprising variety of colors covering the entire visible spectrum, in marked contrast to the gray color of bulk silicon. This effect is readily observable by bright-field microscopy, or even to the naked eye. The reflection spectra of the nanowires each show a dip whose position depends on the nanowire radii. We compare the experimental data to the results of finite difference time domain simulations to elucidate the physical mechanisms behind the phenomena we observe. The nanowires are fabricated as arrays, but the vivid colors arise not from scattering or diffractive effects of the array, but from the guided mode properties of the individual nanowires. Each nanowire can thus define its own color, allowing for complex spatial patterning. We anticipate that the color filter effect we demonstrate could be employed in nanoscale image sensor devices.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC); Center for Excitonics (CE)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1065370
DOE Contract Number:
SC0001088
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nano Lett.; Journal Volume: 11; Related Information: CE partners with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (lead); Brookhaven National Laboratory; Harvard University
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; solar (photovoltaic), solid state lighting, photosynthesis (natural and artificial), charge transport, optics, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing)

Citation Formats

Seo, Kwanyong, Wober, Munib, Steinvurzel, P., Schonbrun, E., Dan, Yaping, Ellenbogen, T., and Crozier, K. B. Multicolored Vertical Silicon Nanowires. United States: N. p., 2011. Web. doi:10.1021/nl200201b.
Seo, Kwanyong, Wober, Munib, Steinvurzel, P., Schonbrun, E., Dan, Yaping, Ellenbogen, T., & Crozier, K. B. Multicolored Vertical Silicon Nanowires. United States. doi:10.1021/nl200201b.
Seo, Kwanyong, Wober, Munib, Steinvurzel, P., Schonbrun, E., Dan, Yaping, Ellenbogen, T., and Crozier, K. B. Wed . "Multicolored Vertical Silicon Nanowires". United States. doi:10.1021/nl200201b.
@article{osti_1065370,
title = {Multicolored Vertical Silicon Nanowires},
author = {Seo, Kwanyong and Wober, Munib and Steinvurzel, P. and Schonbrun, E. and Dan, Yaping and Ellenbogen, T. and Crozier, K. B.},
abstractNote = {We demonstrate that vertical silicon nanowires take on a surprising variety of colors covering the entire visible spectrum, in marked contrast to the gray color of bulk silicon. This effect is readily observable by bright-field microscopy, or even to the naked eye. The reflection spectra of the nanowires each show a dip whose position depends on the nanowire radii. We compare the experimental data to the results of finite difference time domain simulations to elucidate the physical mechanisms behind the phenomena we observe. The nanowires are fabricated as arrays, but the vivid colors arise not from scattering or diffractive effects of the array, but from the guided mode properties of the individual nanowires. Each nanowire can thus define its own color, allowing for complex spatial patterning. We anticipate that the color filter effect we demonstrate could be employed in nanoscale image sensor devices.},
doi = {10.1021/nl200201b},
journal = {Nano Lett.},
number = ,
volume = 11,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Apr 13 00:00:00 EDT 2011},
month = {Wed Apr 13 00:00:00 EDT 2011}
}
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