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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 14934–14947

Discontinuous Galerkin time-domain computations of metallic nanostructures

Kai Stannigel, Michael König, Jens Niegemann, and Kurt Busch  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 14934-14947 (2009)

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We apply the three-dimensional Discontinuous-Galerkin Time-Domain method to the investigation of the optical properties of bar- and V-shaped metallic nanostructures on dielectric substrates. A flexible finite element-like mesh together with an expansion into high-order basis functions allows for an accurate resolution of complex geometries and strong field gradients. In turn, this provides accurate results on the optical response of realistic structures. We study in detail the influence of particle size and shape on resonance frequencies as well as on scattering and absorption efficiencies. Beyond a critical size which determines the onset of the quasi-static limit we find significant deviations from the quasi-static theory. Furthermore, we investigate the influence of the excitation by comparing normal illumination and attenuated total internal reflection setups. Finally, we examine the possibility of coherently controlling the local field enhancement of V-structures via chirped pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: April 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 26, 2009
Published: August 7, 2009

Kai Stannigel, Michael König, Jens Niegemann, and Kurt Busch, "Discontinuous Galerkin time-domain computations of metallic nanostructures," Opt. Express 17, 14934-14947 (2009)

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