Energy transport in metal nanoparticle plasmon waveguides

Stefan A. Maier*, Pieter G. Kik, Luke A. Sweatlock, Harry A. Atwater, J. J. Penninkhof, A. Polman, Sheffer Meltzer, Elad Harel, Ari A G Requicha, Bruce E. Koel

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We investigate the optical properties of arrays of closely spaced metal nanoparticles in view of their potential to guide electromagnetic energy with a lateral mode confinement below the diffraction limit of light. Finite-difference time-domain simulations of short arrays of noble metal nanospheres show that electromagnetic pulses at optical frequencies can propagate along the arrays due to near-field interactions between plasmon-polariton modes of adjacent nanoparticles. Near-field microscopy enables the study of energy transport in these plasmon waveguides and shows experimental evidence for energy propagation over a distance of 0.5 μm for plasmon waveguides consisting of spheroidal silver particles fabricated using electron beam lithography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-140
Number of pages12
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2003
EventNanostructuring Materials with Energetic Beams - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 22 2003Apr 23 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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