Plasma-enabled growth of ultralong straight, helical, and branched silica photonic nanowires

Huang, S.Y., Ostrikov, K., & Xu, S. (2008) Plasma-enabled growth of ultralong straight, helical, and branched silica photonic nanowires. Journal of Applied Physics, 104(3), 033301-1.

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This article reports on the lowerature inductively coupled plasma-enabled synthesis of ultralong (up to several millimeters in length) SiO2 nanowires, which were otherwise impossible to synthesize without the presence of a plasma. Depending on the process conditions, the nanowires feature straight, helical, or branched morphologies. The nanowires are amorphous, with a near-stoichiometric elemental composition ([O] / [Si] =2.09) and are very uniform throughout their length. The role of the ionized gas environment is discussed and the growth mechanism is proposed. These nanowires are particularly promising for nanophotonic applications where long-distance and channelled light transmission and polarization control are required.

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ID Code: 73873
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1063/1.2963694
ISSN: 0021-8979
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 American Institute of Physics
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2014 01:50
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 23:08

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