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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 10 — May. 7, 2012
  • pp: 11466–11477

Surface plasmon resonances in periodic and random patterns of gold nano-disks for broadband light harvesting

Yoshiaki Nishijima, Lorenzo Rosa, and Saulius Juodkazis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 11466-11477 (2012)

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We analyze the localized surface plasmon resonance spectra of periodic square lattice arrays of gold nano-disks, and we describe numerically and experimentally the effect of disorder on resonance width, spectrum, and EM field enhancement in increasingly randomized patterns. The periodic structure shows a narrower and stronger extinction peak, conversely we observe an increase of up to (1–2)×102 times enhancement as the disorder is gradually introduced. This allows for simpler, lower resolution fabrication, cost-effective in light harvesting for solar cell and sensing applications. We show that dipole-dipole interactions contribute to diffract light parallel to the surface as a mean of long-range coupling between the nano-disks.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: March 9, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2012
Published: May 4, 2012

Yoshiaki Nishijima, Lorenzo Rosa, and Saulius Juodkazis, "Surface plasmon resonances in periodic and random patterns of gold nano-disks for broadband light harvesting," Opt. Express 20, 11466-11477 (2012)

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