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Wells, Matthew P.; Zou, Bin; Mihai, Andrei P.; Bower, Ryan; Doiron, Brock; Regoutz, Anna; Fearn, Sarah; Maier, Stefan A.; Alford, Neil; Petrov, Peter K. (2018): Multiphase strontium molybdate thin films for plasmonic local heating applications. In: Optical Materials Express, Vol. 8, No. 7: pp. 1806-1817
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In the search for alternative plasmonic materials, SrMoO3 has recently been identified as possessing a number of desirable optical properties. Owing to the requirement for many plasmonic devices to operate at elevated temperatures however, it is essential to characterize the degradation of these properties upon heating. Here, SrMoO3 thin films are annealed in air at temperatures ranging from 75 - 500 degrees C. Characterizations by AFM, XRD, and spectroscopic ellipsometry after each anneal identify a loss of metallic behaviour after annealing at 500 degrees C, together with the underlying mechanism. Moreover, it is shown that by annealing the films in nitrogen following deposition, an additional crystalline phase of SrMoO4 is induced at the film's surface, which suppresses oxidation at elevated temperatures. Published by The Optical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.