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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 7 — Mar. 28, 2011
  • pp: 6450–6461

Energy transport in metal nanoparticle chains via sub-radiant plasmon modes

Britain Willingham and Stephan Link  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 6450-6461 (2011)

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We investigate the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons through coupling of light to sub-radiant dipole modes in finite chains of Ag nanoparticles. End excitation of collections of closely spaced particles reveals a band of sub-radiant modes whereby the decay of surface plasmon polaritons due to radiative losses is minimized. We show that excitation of any of these sub-radiant modes results in the most efficient energy transfer throughout the optical spectrum, with smaller interparticle separations resulting in the longest propagation.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
(350.4990) Other areas of optics : Particles
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2011
Published: March 22, 2011

Britain Willingham and Stephan Link, "Energy transport in metal nanoparticle chains via sub-radiant plasmon modes," Opt. Express 19, 6450-6461 (2011)

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