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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 26 — Dec. 21, 2009
  • pp: 24288–24303

Nanoplasmonics of prime number arrays

Carlo Forestiere, Gary F. Walsh, Giovanni Miano, and Luca Dal Negro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 26, pp. 24288-24303 (2009)

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In this paper, we investigate the plasmonic near-field localization and the far-field scattering properties of non-periodic arrays of Ag nanoparticles generated by prime number sequences in two spatial dimensions. In particular, we demonstrate that the engineering of plasmonic arrays with large spectral flatness and particle density is necessary to achieve a high density of electromagnetic hot spots over a broader frequency range and a larger area compared to strongly coupled periodic and quasi-periodic structures. Finally, we study the far-field scattering properties of prime number arrays illuminated by plane waves and we discuss their angular scattering properties. The study of prime number arrays of metal nanoparticles provides a novel strategy to achieve broadband enhancement and localization of plasmonic fields for the engineering of nanoscale nano-antenna arrays and active plasmonic structures.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures
(240.6695) Optics at surfaces : Surface-enhanced Raman scattering

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: August 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2009
Published: December 18, 2009

Carlo Forestiere, Gary F. Walsh, Giovanni Miano, and Luca Dal Negro, "Nanoplasmonics of prime number arrays," Opt. Express 17, 24288-24303 (2009)

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