A review of the optical properties of alloys and intermetallics for plasmonics

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Journal Article
Journal of Physics Condensed Matter, 2010, 22 (14)
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Alternative materials are required to enhance the efficacy of plasmonic devices. We discuss the optical properties of a number of alloys, doped metals, intermetallics, silicides, metallic glasses and high pressure materials. We conclude that due to the probability of low frequency interband transitions, materials with partially occupied d states perform poorly as plasmonic materials, ruling out many alloys, intermetallics and silicides as viable. The increased probability of electron-electron and electron-phonon scattering rules out many doped and glassy metals. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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