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Plasmonics: metallic nanostructures for energy guiding and sensing
Author(s): Stefan A. Maier
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the optical properties of arrays of closely spaced metal nanoparticles in view of their potential to guide electromagnetic energy with a lateral mode confinement below the diffraction limit of light. Finite-difference time-domain simulations of short arrays of noble metal nanospheres show that electromagnetic pulses at optical frequencies can propagate along the arrays due to near-field interactions between plasmon-polariton modes of adjacent nanoparticles. Near-field microscopy enables the study of energy transport in these plasmon waveguides and shows experimental evidence for energy propagation over a distance of 0.5 μm for plasmon waveguides consisting of spheroidal silver particles fabricated using electron beam lithography.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5593, Nanosensing: Materials and Devices, (29 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.570803
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Stefan A. Maier, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5593:
Nanosensing: Materials and Devices
M. Saif Islam; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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