In metal nanoparticles the resonance wavelength of light-driven collective electron oscillations is determined by the particle shape. This shape dependence can be used for optical data storage by spectral coding. In this way the storage density can be increased by at least a factor of 5 compared with that for conventional optical storage principles.
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(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
H. Ditlbacher, B. Lamprecht, A. Leitner, and F. R. Aussenegg, "Spectrally coded optical data storage by metal nanoparticles," Opt. Lett. 25, 563-565 (2000)