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Title: Plasmonic absorption-induced haze suppression in random scattering media

Abstract

Light propagation in random scattering media is a common phenomenon in many scientific and engineering fields. Because of light-matter interaction, part of the light transmitted through a random scattering medium is diffuse and causes haze. Previous approaches to manipulate haze in random media mainly focused on regulating scattering and paid little attention to absorption. In this work, we present a comprehensive analysis of absorption-scattering coupling as well as its impact on haze in random media. We introduce the haze-absorption sensitivity (HAS) spectrum, an intrinsic property of a scattering medium that quantifies the potential of absorption-induced haze suppression. We also investigate the effect of scatterer geometry and concentration on the HAS spectrum. To experimentally demonstrate the effect of absorption in random media, we utilized the plasmonic absorption of silver and gold nanoparticles to reduce haze in a silica nanoparticle aqueous solution as the scattering medium. We showed that 15% (absolute) of haze suppression is possible by carefully choosing the optimal absorber. The experimental results closely matched the theoretical predictions. This work provides new understandings of absorption and scattering coupling in random media. The fundamental mechanisms elucidated in this work can offer new pathways for regulating haze in a variety of randommore » scattering media.« less

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USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
OSTI Identifier:
1529041
Grant/Contract Number:  
AR0000471
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Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters Journal Volume: 114 Journal Issue: 25; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Zhao, Lin, Blackman, Malik, Zhang, Lenan, Bhatia, Bikram, Leroy, Arny, Strobach, Elise, and Wang, Evelyn N. Plasmonic absorption-induced haze suppression in random scattering media. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1063/1.5100512.
Zhao, Lin, Blackman, Malik, Zhang, Lenan, Bhatia, Bikram, Leroy, Arny, Strobach, Elise, & Wang, Evelyn N. Plasmonic absorption-induced haze suppression in random scattering media. United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5100512
Zhao, Lin, Blackman, Malik, Zhang, Lenan, Bhatia, Bikram, Leroy, Arny, Strobach, Elise, and Wang, Evelyn N. Mon . "Plasmonic absorption-induced haze suppression in random scattering media". United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5100512.
@article{osti_1529041,
title = {Plasmonic absorption-induced haze suppression in random scattering media},
author = {Zhao, Lin and Blackman, Malik and Zhang, Lenan and Bhatia, Bikram and Leroy, Arny and Strobach, Elise and Wang, Evelyn N.},
abstractNote = {Light propagation in random scattering media is a common phenomenon in many scientific and engineering fields. Because of light-matter interaction, part of the light transmitted through a random scattering medium is diffuse and causes haze. Previous approaches to manipulate haze in random media mainly focused on regulating scattering and paid little attention to absorption. In this work, we present a comprehensive analysis of absorption-scattering coupling as well as its impact on haze in random media. We introduce the haze-absorption sensitivity (HAS) spectrum, an intrinsic property of a scattering medium that quantifies the potential of absorption-induced haze suppression. We also investigate the effect of scatterer geometry and concentration on the HAS spectrum. To experimentally demonstrate the effect of absorption in random media, we utilized the plasmonic absorption of silver and gold nanoparticles to reduce haze in a silica nanoparticle aqueous solution as the scattering medium. We showed that 15% (absolute) of haze suppression is possible by carefully choosing the optimal absorber. The experimental results closely matched the theoretical predictions. This work provides new understandings of absorption and scattering coupling in random media. The fundamental mechanisms elucidated in this work can offer new pathways for regulating haze in a variety of random scattering media.},
doi = {10.1063/1.5100512},
journal = {Applied Physics Letters},
number = 25,
volume = 114,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {6}
}

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