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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 17 — Aug. 25, 2014
  • pp: 19970–19989

Full-wave electromagentic analysis of a plasmonic nanoparticle separated from a plasmonic film by a thin spacer layer

Rahul Trivedi, Arun Thomas, and Anuj Dhawan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 17, pp. 19970-19989 (2014)

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This paper presents a theoretical analysis of the electromagnetic response of a plasmonic nanoparticle-spacer-plasmonic film system. The physical system consists of a spherical nanoparticle of a plasmonic material such as gold or silver over a plasmonic metal film and separated from the same by a dielectric spacer material. This paper presents a complete analytical solution of the Maxwell’s equations, to determine the optical fields near the gold nanoparticle. It was found that the electromagnetic fields in between the plasmonic nanoparticle and the plasmonic film are extremely sensitive to the spacing between the nanoparticle and the film. This could enable the use of such a system for various sensing applications. The non-local nature of the plasmonic medium was also included in our analysis and it’s effect on the resonances of the system was studied. The analytical solution was compared with an independent numerical method, the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method, to demonstrate the accuracy of the solution.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(050.1755) Diffraction and gratings : Computational electromagnetic methods
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

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Original Manuscript: April 29, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 17, 2014
Published: August 12, 2014

Rahul Trivedi, Arun Thomas, and Anuj Dhawan, "Full-wave electromagentic analysis of a plasmonic nanoparticle separated from a plasmonic film by a thin spacer layer," Opt. Express 22, 19970-19989 (2014)

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