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Paper   IPM / P / 15075
School of Physics
  Title:   Iron nanoparticles embedded in carbon films: structural and optical properties
1.  F. Mashayekhi
2.  A. A Shafiekhani
3.  S.A. Sebt
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
  Vol.:  74
  Year:  2016
  Pages:   30402
  Supported by:  IPM
In the present work amorphous hydrogenated carbon films with sputtered iron nanoparticles (Fe NPs @ a-C:H) were deposited by co-deposition of RF-sputtering and RF-plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition methods using acetylene gas and iron target on quartz and silicon substrates. Samples were prepared in different initial pressures and during constant deposition time. The crystalline structure of Fe NPs @ a-C:H was studied using X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction patterns. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis presents that increasing the initial pressure decreases the atomic ratio of Fe/C and the sp3-hybridized carbon content in prepared samples. The transmission electron microscope image shows the encapsulated Fe NPs in carbon films. The optical properties and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of samples were studied using UV-visible spectrophotometry, which is shown that increasing of Fe content decreases the intensity of LSPR peak and increases the optical band gap.

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