We explore the use of plasmonic Ag nanorod arrays featuring enhanced photoemission as high-brightness photocathode material. Silver nanorod arrays are synthesized by the direct current electrodeposition method and their dimensionality, uniformity, crystallinity, and oxide/impurity content are characterized. The yielded arrays exhibit greatly enhanced two-photon photoemission under 400 nm femtosecond pulsed laser excitation. Plasmonic field enhancement in the array produces photoemission hot spots that are mapped using photoemission electron microscopy. The relative photoemission enhancement of nanorod hot spots relative to that of a flat Ag thin film is found to range between 102 and 3 × 103.
Silver nanorod arrays for photocathode applications
Subramanian Vilayurganapathy, Manjula I. Nandasiri, Alan G. Joly, Patrick Z. El-Khoury, Tamas Varga, Greg Coffey, Birgit Schwenzer, Archana Pandey, Asghar Kayani, Wayne P. Hess, Suntharampillai Thevuthasan; Silver nanorod arrays for photocathode applications. Appl. Phys. Lett. 14 October 2013; 103 (16): 161112. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4825262
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