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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 3835–3847

Optical performance and metallic absorption in nanoplasmonic systems

Matthew D. Arnold and Martin G. Blaber  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3835-3847 (2009)

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Optical metrics relating to metallic absorption in representative plasmonic systems are surveyed, with a view to developing heuristics for optimizing performance over a range of applications. We use the real part of the permittivity as the independent variable; consider strengths of particle resonances, resolving power of planar lenses, and guiding lengths of planar waveguides; and compare nearly-free-electron metals including Al, Cu, Ag, Au, Li, Na, and K. Whilst the imaginary part of metal permittivity has a strong damping effect, field distribution is equally important and thus factors including geometry, real permittivity and frequency must be considered when selecting a metal. Al performs well at low permittivities (e.g. sphere resonances, superlenses) whereas Au & Ag only perform well at very negative permittivities (shell and rod resonances, LRSPP). The alkali metals perform well overall but present engineering challenges.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.3900) Materials : Metals
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

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Original Manuscript: January 21, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 23, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 2009
Published: February 26, 2009

Matthew D. Arnold and Martin G. Blaber, "Optical performance and metallic absorption in nanoplasmonic systems," Opt. Express 17, 3835-3847 (2009)

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