John F. McGilp

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Magneto-optic techniques provide non-contact and non-destructive characterization of magnetic materials. This includes embedded magnetic nanostructures, which are accessible due to the large penetration depth of optical radiation. The linear magneto-optic Kerr effect is widely used in the growth and characterization of ultra-thin magnetic films and can show(More)
Optical techniques for probing surface and interface structure are introduced and recent developments in the field are discussed. These techniques offer significant advantages over conventional surface probes: all pressure ranges of gas-condensed matter interfaces are accessible and liquid-liquid, liquid-solid and solid-solid interfaces can be probed, due(More)
Self-assembled silver nanoparticle (NP) arrays were produced by deposition at glancing angles on transparent stepped Al2O3 templates. The evolution of the plasmonic resonances has been monitored using reflection anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS) during growth. It is demonstrated that the morphology of the array can be tailored by changing the template(More)
Downlo Spectroscopic Investigations of Borosilicate Glass and Its Application as a Dopant Source for Shallow Junctions M. Nolan,a T. S. Perova,a,z R. A. Moore,a C. E. Beitia,b J. F. McGilp,b and H. S. Gamblec,* aDepartment of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, bDepartment of Physics, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland cDepartment(More)
Highly ordered self-assembled silver nanoparticle (NP) arrays have been produced by glancing angle deposition on faceted c-plane Al2O3 templates. The NP shape can be tuned by changing the substrate temperature during deposition. Reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy has been used to monitor the plasmonic evolution of the sample during the growth. The(More)
The anisotropic optical response of Si(111)-(4x1)/(8x2)-In in the midinfrared, where ab initio studies predict significant changes in the band structure between competing models of this important quasi-1D system, has been measured using infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry (IRSE) and reflection anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS). Both IRSE and RAS of the (8x2)(More)
Anisotropic nanoparticle (NP) arrays with useful optical properties, such as localized plasmon resonances (LPRs), can be grown by self-assembly on substrates. However, these systems often have significant dispersion in NP dimensions and distribution, which makes a numerical approach to modeling the LPRs very difficult. An improved analytic approach to this(More)
Gold atomic chain structures that grow on singular and vicinal Si(111) surfaces have attracted considerable interest as model systems for exploring quasi–one-dimensional metallic behaviour. The structure of the prototypical Si(111)-5× 2-Au system remains controversial, however. Reflection anisotropy spectroscopy provides new, independent evidence supporting(More)
The intensively studied Si(111)-(5×2)-Au surface is reexamined using reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy and density functional theory simulations. We identify distinctive spectral features relating directly to local structural motifs such as Si honeycomb chains and atomic gold wires that are commonly found on Au-reconstructed vicinal Si(111) surfaces.(More)
Aligned magnetic nanostructures grown on low symmetry interfaces are generally inhomogeneous, with different magnetic species, such as terrace and step atoms, contributing to the overall magnetic response from the interfacial regions. It is shown that the presence of different magnetic regions can be detected by means of normal incidence (NI) magnetic(More)