Light trapping and guidance in plasmonic nanocrystals

Maxim Sukharev, Tamar Seideman

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We illustrate the possibility of light trapping and funneling in periodic arrays of metallic nanoparticles. A controllable minimum in the transmission spectra of such constructs arises from a collective plasmon resonance phenomenon, where an incident plane wave sharply localizes in the vertical direction, remaining delocalized in the direction parallel to the crystal plane. Using hybrid arrays of different structures or different materials, we apply the trapping effect to structure the eigenmode spectrum, introduce overlapping resonances, and hence direct the light in space in a wavelength-sensitive fashion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number204702
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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