Direct observation of surface plasmons in YBCO by attenuated total reflection of light in the infrared

D. G. Walmsley, C. C. Smyth, A. Sellai, P. G. McCafferty, P. Dawson, T. Morrow, W. G. Graham

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Surface plasmons have been observed directly in YBCO films in an Otto-geometry attenuated total reflection measurement at a wavelength of 3.392 μm. The laser deposited films are c-axis oriented on an MgO substrate. This observation confirms theoretical deductions from complex dielectric function data. Measured data have been fitted to a theoretical model and are compared with the optical constants determined by Bozovic [1]. The investigations have been extended to films with other orientations to investigate whether material anisotropy is reflected in the results and non-metallic behaviour is found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2333-2334
Number of pages2
JournalPhysica B: Physics of Condensed Matter
Issue numberPART 2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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