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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 19, Iss. S2 — Mar. 14, 2011
  • pp: A173–A193

Characterization of large array of plasmonic nanoparticles on layered substrate: dipole mode analysis integrated with complex image method

Mohammad Mahdi Tajdini and Hossein Mosallaei  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue S2, pp. A173-A193 (2011)

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In this paper, an efficient analytical method for characterizing large array of plasmonic nanoparticles located over planarly layered substrate is introduced. The model is called dipole mode complex image (DMCI) method since the main idea lies in modeling a subwavelength spherical nanoparticle at its electric scattering resonance with an induced electric dipole and representing the electromagnetic (EM) fields of this electric dipole over the layered substrate in terms of finite complex images. The major advantages of the proposed method are its accuracy and rapid calculation in characterizing various kinds of large periodic and aperiodic arrays of nanoparticles on layered substrates. The computational time can be reduced significantly in compared to the traditional methods. The accuracy of the theoretical model is validated through comparison with numerical integration of Sommerfeld integrals. Moreover, the analytical results are compared well with those determined by full-wave finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. To demonstrate the capability of our technique, the performances of large arrays of nanoparticles on layered silicon substrates for efficient sunlight energy incoupling are studied.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

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Original Manuscript: December 21, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2011
Published: February 17, 2011

Mohammad Mahdi Tajdini and Hossein Mosallaei, "Characterization of large array of plasmonic nanoparticles on layered substrate: dipole mode analysis integrated with complex image method," Opt. Express 19, A173-A193 (2011)

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