Development and Characterization of Novel Garnet and Gold Thin Films for Photonic and Plasmonic Applications

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Development and Characterization of Novel Garnet and Gold Thin Films for Photonic and Plasmonic Applications

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2017-08

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The massive amount of data that we produce and share today is the result of advancements made in the semiconductor and magnetic recording industries. As the number of transistors per unit area in integrated circuits continues to rise, power dissipation is reaching alarming levels. Photonics, which essentially is a marriage of semiconductor with laser technology has shown great promise in tackling the issue of power dissipation. The first part of this work focuses on optical isolators, which are essential to halt back-reflections that interfere with the laser source of the photonic systems. Novel terbium iron garnet thin-film optical isolators have been developed on semiconductor platforms and their magneto-optical properties are explored. Modesolver and finite-difference simulations are done to assess their device-feasibility and efficiency. Subsequently, a new photonic device has been developed using current semiconductor microelectronic fabrication techniques. Advancement in magnetic recording is equally vital to keep up with the demand for more data at faster speeds as the current perpendicular recording technique is fast-approaching its areal density limitations. Heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) is the next step in the evolution of hard drives. HAMR involves heating of magnetic media using plasmonic near field transducers (NFTs), which must be able to withstand elevated temperatures for extended times. The second part of this work presents a statistical crystallographic study of thermally induced deformation of Au NFTs. Subsequently, the most thermally stable crystallographic orientation for Au NFT has been determined that could lead to significant improvements in HAMR drive reliability.

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University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. August 2017. Major: Material Science and Engineering. Advisor: Bethanie Stadler. 1 computer file (PDF); xv, 135 pages.

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Dulal, Prabesh. (2017). Development and Characterization of Novel Garnet and Gold Thin Films for Photonic and Plasmonic Applications. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/191371.

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