Wavelength and Polarization Dependence of Second-Harmonic Responses from Gold Nanocrescent Arrays

Hiroaki Maekawa, Elena Drobnyh, Cady A. Lancaster, Nicolas Large, George C. Schatz, Jennifer S. Shumaker-Parry, Maxim Sukharev, Nien Hui Ge

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    11 Scopus citations


    In the developing field of nonlinear plasmonics, it is important to understand the fundamental relationship between properties of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of metallic nanostructures and their nonlinear optical responses. A detailed understanding of nonlinear responses from nanostructures with well-characterized LSPRs is an essential prerequisite for the future design of sophisticated plasmonic systems with advanced functions to control light. In this article, we investigate the second-order harmonic (SH) responses from gold nanocrescent (Au NC) antennas which have wavelength and polarization sensitive LSPRs in the visible and near-infrared wavelength ranges. The wavelength dependence of the SH intensity exhibits spectral profiles different from dipole LSPR bands in absorbance spectra. The incident polarization angle dependence was found to vary significantly when the excitation wavelength was tuned over the dipole band. Finite-difference time-domain calculations coupled with a nonlinear hydrodynamic model were carried out for Au NC arrays to investigate the local field enhancement of the incoming fundamental and emitting SH light. The experimental and theoretical results indicate that the effects of higher-order LSPRs, such as quadrupole and multipole resonances, occurring at SH wavelengths are important in governing the SH generation process. Also, it is shown that the incident polarization angle dependence of SH signals is very strongly sensitive to nanoscale variations in the NC's shape.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)20424-20435
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
    Issue number37
    StatePublished - Sep 17 2020

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • General Energy
    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


    Dive into the research topics of 'Wavelength and Polarization Dependence of Second-Harmonic Responses from Gold Nanocrescent Arrays'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this