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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 9, 2008
  • pp: 8570–8580

Dispersion and extinction of surface plasmons in an array of gold nanoparticle chains: influence of the air/glass interface

Tian Yang and Kenneth B. Crozier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 8570-8580 (2008)

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We investigate the dispersion relation and extinction properties of surface plasmons in an array of gold nanoparticle chains under s-polarized plane wave excitations, through experiment and simulation. Our results reveal that the dispersion and extinction properties of gold nanoparticle chains at an air/glass interface are significantly different from those in a uniform medium. Under total internal reflection, the dispersion is much larger than that above total internal reflection and 100% extinction can be reached. We show that the large dispersion under total internal reflection can be explained by dipole fields and coupling at the air/glass interface.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(230.4555) Optical devices : Coupled resonators

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: May 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 20, 2008
Published: May 27, 2008

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Tian Yang and Kenneth B. Crozier, "Dispersion and extinction of surface plasmons in an array of gold nanoparticle chains: influence of the air/glass interface," Opt. Express 16, 8570-8580 (2008)

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