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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 22 — Oct. 27, 2008
  • pp: 17196–17208

Multipolar analysis of second-harmonic radiation from gold nanoparticles

Sami Kujala, Brian K. Canfield, Martti Kauranen, Yuri Svirko, and Jari Turunen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 17196-17208 (2008)

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We present a multipolar tensor analysis of second-harmonic radiation from arrays of noncentrosymmetric L-shaped gold nanoparticles. Our approach is based on the fundamental differences in the radiative properties of electric dipoles and higher multipoles, which give rise to differences in the nonlinear response tensors for the reflected and transmitted second-harmonic signals. The results are analyzed by dividing the tensors into symmetric (dipolar) and antisymmetric (higher multipolar) parts between the two directions. The nonlinear response is found to be dominated by a tensor component, not resolved earlier [Kujala et. al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 167403, (2007)], which is associated with chiral symmetry breaking of the sample and which also contains a strong multipolar contribution. The results are explained by a phenomenological model where asymmetrically-distributed defects on opposite sides of the particles give rise to dipolar and quadrupolar second-harmonic emission.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: June 6, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2008
Published: October 13, 2008

Sami Kujala, Brian K. Canfield, Martti Kauranen, Yuri Svirko, and Jari Turunen, "Multipolar analysis of second-harmonic radiation from gold nanoparticles," Opt. Express 16, 17196-17208 (2008)

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