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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2006
  • pp: 2474–2476

Measurement of the complex dielectric constant of a single gold nanoparticle

Patrick Stoller, Volker Jacobsen, and Vahid Sandoghdar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 16, pp. 2474-2476 (2006)

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A differential interference contrast microscopy technique that employs a photonic crystal fiber as a white-light source is used to measure both the real and the imaginary part of the complex dielectric constant of single 10 and 15 nm gold nanoparticles over a wavelength range of 480 to 610 nm . Noticeable deviations from bulk gold measurements are observed at short wavelengths and for individual particles even after taking into account finite-size surface damping effects.

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OCIS Codes
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(300.6550) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, visible

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Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 9, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2006
Published: July 25, 2006

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Patrick Stoller, Volker Jacobsen, and Vahid Sandoghdar, "Measurement of the complex dielectric constant of a single gold nanoparticle," Opt. Lett. 31, 2474-2476 (2006)

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