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Size Dependence Of Energetic Properties In Nanowire-Based Energetic Materials, L. Menon, D. Aurongzeb, S. Patibandla, K. Bhargava Ram, C. Richter, A. Sacco Oct 2012

Size Dependence Of Energetic Properties In Nanowire-Based Energetic Materials, L. Menon, D. Aurongzeb, S. Patibandla, K. Bhargava Ram, C. Richter, A. Sacco

Latika Menon

We prepared nanowire-array-based thin film energetic nanocomposites based on Al–Fe₂O₃. The ignition properties as a function of wire dimensions and interwire spacing have been investigated. We show significant variations in ignition behavior, which we relate to the kinetic and heat transfer dynamics of the various configurations studied. Our results indicate the possibility for nanoscale control of reaction parameters such as flame temperature and burn rate in such composites for optimized configurations (optimum wire size, interwire spacing, film thickness, etc.).


Optimal Parameters For Synthesis Of Magnetic Nanowires In Porous Alumina Templates: Electrodeposition Study, Adam L. Friedman, Latika Menon Oct 2012

Optimal Parameters For Synthesis Of Magnetic Nanowires In Porous Alumina Templates: Electrodeposition Study, Adam L. Friedman, Latika Menon

Latika Menon

We have carried out a systematic study of the electrodeposition process to understand the effect of varying three important quantities on the synthesis of nanowires inside porous alumina templates. We have electrodeposited iron nanowires inside porous alumina to determine the optimal settings of these variables to induce effective and efficient nanowire growth. First, we vary the pH of the electrolyte solution to show that pH has little effect on the deposition rate. Second, we vary the magnitude of the applied ac voltage to show that the deposition rate increases with increasing voltage. Finally, we vary the frequency of the applied ...


Negative Index Metamaterials Based On Metal-Dielectric Nanocomposites For Imaging Applications, L. Menon, W. T. Lu, A. L. Friedman, S. P. Bennett, D. Heiman, S. Sridhar Oct 2012

Negative Index Metamaterials Based On Metal-Dielectric Nanocomposites For Imaging Applications, L. Menon, W. T. Lu, A. L. Friedman, S. P. Bennett, D. Heiman, S. Sridhar

Latika Menon

Negative index metamaterials are demonstrated based on metal-dielectric nanocomposites prepared using a versatile bottom-up nanofabrication approach. The method involves the incorporation of vertically aligned metal nanowires such as Au and Ag inside dielectric aluminum oxide nanotemplates. Optical absorbance measurements show resonance peaks corresponding to the transverse and longitudinal surface plasmon modes. A quantitative model based on effective medium theory is in excellent agreement with experimental data, and points to specific composite configurations and wavelength regimes where such structures can have applications as negative refraction media for imaging.


Super-Resolution Imaging Using A Three-Dimensional Metamaterials Nanolens, B. D. F. Casse, W. T. Lu, Y. J. Huang, E. Gultepe, L. Menon, S. Sridhar Oct 2012

Super-Resolution Imaging Using A Three-Dimensional Metamaterials Nanolens, B. D. F. Casse, W. T. Lu, Y. J. Huang, E. Gultepe, L. Menon, S. Sridhar

Latika Menon

Super-resolution imaging beyond Abbe's diffraction limit can be achieved by utilizing an optical medium or "metamaterial" that can either amplify or transport the decaying near-field evanescent waves that carry subwavelength features of objects. Earlier approaches at optical frequencies mostly utilized the amplification of evanescent waves in thin metallic films or metal-dielectric multilayers, but were restricted to very small thicknesses (⪡λ, wavelength) and accordingly short object-image distances, due to losses in the material. Here, we present an experimental demonstration of super-resolution imaging by a low-loss three-dimensional metamaterial nanolens consisting of aligned gold nanowires embedded in a porous alumina matrix. This ...


Growth And Magnetic Properties Of Polycrystalline Self-Assembled Bifurcated Co Nanowires, Jesse Silverberg, Adam L. Friedman, Latika Menon Oct 2012

Growth And Magnetic Properties Of Polycrystalline Self-Assembled Bifurcated Co Nanowires, Jesse Silverberg, Adam L. Friedman, Latika Menon

Latika Menon

We use anodization of aluminum foil with variable applied anodization voltage to create an alumina template with bifurcated porous structures. The template is then used to electrodeposit Co, fabricating unique bifurcated Co nanowires. In order to better understand the crystal structure of our new material, we then report magnetic properties of these self-assembled bifurcated Co nanowires. Magnetic measurements of the bifurcated wires are studied as functions of branch/stem ratios, wire length, and temperature. The results are compared with those of straight Co nanowires of similar dimensions and thin film Co samples to find that a different crystal lattice structure ...