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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 3035–3044

Charge distribution induced inside complex plasmonic nanoparticles

R. Marty, G. Baffou, A. Arbouet, C. Girard, and R. Quidant  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 3035-3044 (2010)

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We developed a versatile numerical technique to compute the three-dimensional charge distribution inside plasmonic nanoparticles. This method can be easily applied to investigate the charge distribution inside arbitrarily complex plasmonic nanostructures and to identify the nature of the multipolar plasmon modes involved at plasmonic resonances. Its ability to unravel the physical origin of plasmonic spectral features is demonstrated in the case of a single gold nanotriangle and of a gold nano-antenna. Finally, we show how the volume charge distribution can be used to define and compute the first terms of the multipolar expansion.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: November 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 11, 2010
Published: January 28, 2010

R. Marty, G. Baffou, A. Arbouet, C. Girard, and R. Quidant, "Charge distribution induced inside complex plasmonic nanoparticles," Opt. Express 18, 3035-3044 (2010)

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