We have observed the compensation of loss in a metal by a gain in a dielectric medium in the mixture of an Ag aggregate and a Rhodamine 6G dye. The demonstrated sixfold enhancement of the Rayleigh scattering is the evidence of the enhancement of the surface-plasmon resonance. The reported experimental observation facilitates many applications of nanoplasmonics.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 20, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 23, 2006
Published: September 25, 2006
M. A. Noginov, G. Zhu, M. Bahoura, J. Adegoke, C. E. Small, B. A. Ritzo, V. P. Drachev, and V. M. Shalaev, "Enhancement of surface plasmons in an Ag aggregate by optical gain in a dielectric medium," Opt. Lett. 31, 3022-3024 (2006)