In this work we investigated the Au–Cu binary nanophase diagram by means of structural and compositional characterization of alloy nanoclusters synthesized in silica by means of rf-cosputtering technique. In order to obtain the formation of metallic nanoclusters, as deposited samples have been annealed in reducing atmosphere at 900 °C. A good agreement with the bulk alloy phase diagram has been found: in particular the fcc cubic alloy solid solution is present in all the investigated compositions from pure Au to pure Cu, with a lattice parameter following the modified Vegard’s law typical of the bulk alloy. Three ordered phases are also present corresponding to the Au:Cu atomic ratios of 3:1, 1:1 and 1:3. The linear and non-linear optical properties of the nanocomposites have been measured: the surface plasma resonance red-shifts with increasing the Cu content in the alloy and it spans the entire region from that of pure Au (530 nm) to that of pure Cu (570 nm).

Synthesis by co-sputtering of Au-Cu alloy nanoclusters in silica

MATTEI, Giovanni;BATTAGLIN, Giancarlo;CATTARUZZA, Elti;MAZZOLDI, Paolo;SADA, Cinzia;
2007

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In this work we investigated the Au–Cu binary nanophase diagram by means of structural and compositional characterization of alloy nanoclusters synthesized in silica by means of rf-cosputtering technique. In order to obtain the formation of metallic nanoclusters, as deposited samples have been annealed in reducing atmosphere at 900 °C. A good agreement with the bulk alloy phase diagram has been found: in particular the fcc cubic alloy solid solution is present in all the investigated compositions from pure Au to pure Cu, with a lattice parameter following the modified Vegard’s law typical of the bulk alloy. Three ordered phases are also present corresponding to the Au:Cu atomic ratios of 3:1, 1:1 and 1:3. The linear and non-linear optical properties of the nanocomposites have been measured: the surface plasma resonance red-shifts with increasing the Cu content in the alloy and it spans the entire region from that of pure Au (530 nm) to that of pure Cu (570 nm).
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