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Probing the ultimate limits of plasmonic enhancement.

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Ciracì, C; Hill, RT; Mock, JJ; Urzhumov, Y; Fernández-Domínguez, AI; Maier, SA; Pendry, JB; Chilkoti, A; Smith, DR
Published in: Science (New York, N.Y.)
August 2012

Metals support surface plasmons at optical wavelengths and have the ability to localize light to subwavelength regions. The field enhancements that occur in these regions set the ultimate limitations on a wide range of nonlinear and quantum optical phenomena. We found that the dominant limiting factor is not the resistive loss of the metal, but rather the intrinsic nonlocality of its dielectric response. A semiclassical model of the electronic response of a metal places strict bounds on the ultimate field enhancement. To demonstrate the accuracy of this model, we studied optical scattering from gold nanoparticles spaced a few angstroms from a gold film. The bounds derived from the models and experiments impose limitations on all nanophotonic systems.

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Science (New York, N.Y.)

DOI

EISSN

1095-9203

ISSN

0036-8075

Publication Date

August 2012

Volume

337

Issue

6098

Start / End Page

1072 / 1074

Related Subject Headings

  • Surface Plasmon Resonance
  • Scattering, Radiation
  • Nanospheres
  • Metal Nanoparticles
  • Light
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Gold
  • General Science & Technology
 

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Ciracì, C., Hill, R. T., Mock, J. J., Urzhumov, Y., Fernández-Domínguez, A. I., Maier, S. A., … Smith, D. R. (2012). Probing the ultimate limits of plasmonic enhancement. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6098), 1072–1074. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1224823
Ciracì, C., R. T. Hill, J. J. Mock, Y. Urzhumov, A. I. Fernández-Domínguez, S. A. Maier, J. B. Pendry, A. Chilkoti, and D. R. Smith. “Probing the ultimate limits of plasmonic enhancement.Science (New York, N.Y.) 337, no. 6098 (August 2012): 1072–74. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1224823.
Ciracì C, Hill RT, Mock JJ, Urzhumov Y, Fernández-Domínguez AI, Maier SA, et al. Probing the ultimate limits of plasmonic enhancement. Science (New York, NY). 2012 Aug;337(6098):1072–4.
Ciracì, C., et al. “Probing the ultimate limits of plasmonic enhancement.Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 337, no. 6098, Aug. 2012, pp. 1072–74. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.1224823.
Ciracì C, Hill RT, Mock JJ, Urzhumov Y, Fernández-Domínguez AI, Maier SA, Pendry JB, Chilkoti A, Smith DR. Probing the ultimate limits of plasmonic enhancement. Science (New York, NY). 2012 Aug;337(6098):1072–1074.
Journal cover image

Published In

Science (New York, N.Y.)

DOI

EISSN

1095-9203

ISSN

0036-8075

Publication Date

August 2012

Volume

337

Issue

6098

Start / End Page

1072 / 1074

Related Subject Headings

  • Surface Plasmon Resonance
  • Scattering, Radiation
  • Nanospheres
  • Metal Nanoparticles
  • Light
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Gold
  • General Science & Technology