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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 16 — Jul. 30, 2012
  • pp: 17591–17599

Are scaling laws of sub-optical wavelength electric field confinement in arrays of metal nanoparticles related to plasmonics or to geometry?

M. Essone Mezeme and C. Brosseau  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 16, pp. 17591-17599 (2012)

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In this work, we describe finite element simulations of the plasmonic resonance (PLR) properties of a self-similar chain of plasmonic nanostructures. Using a broad range of conditions, we find strong numerical evidence that the electric field confinement behaves as ( Ξ/λ ) PLR EF E -γ , where EFE is the electric field enhancement, Ξ is the linear size of the focusing length, and λ is the wavelength of the resonant excitation. We find that the exponent γ is close to 1, i.e. significantly lower than the 1.5 found for two-dimensional nanodisks. This scaling law provides support for the hypothesis of a universal regime in which the sub-optical wavelength electric field confinement is controlled by the Euclidean dimensionality and is independent of nanoparticle size, metal nature, or embedding medium permittivity.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(260.2065) Physical optics : Effective medium theory
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(260.2710) Physical optics : Inhomogeneous optical media

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Original Manuscript: May 25, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2012
Published: July 18, 2012

M. Essone Mezeme and C. Brosseau, "Are scaling laws of sub-optical wavelength electric field confinement in arrays of metal nanoparticles related to plasmonics or to geometry?," Opt. Express 20, 17591-17599 (2012)

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