Demonstration of scattering suppression in retardation-based plasmonic nanoantennas

M.G. Nielsen, A. Pors, Rasmus Bundgaard Nielsen, Alexandra Boltasseva, O. Albrektsen, S.I. Bozhevolnyi

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    Modifications in scattering strength of and local field enhancement by retardation-based plasmonic nanoantennas when being transformed from straight nanorods to split-ring resonators are investigated experimentally. Scattering properties are characterized with linear reflection and extinction spectroscopy of nanoantenna arrays, whereas local field enhancements are evaluated for individual nanoantennas using two-photon-excited photoluminescence (TPL) microscopy. The linear and nonlinear optical characterizations reveal that the optical response of nanoantennas is determined by the interference of counter-propagating short-range surface plasmon polaritons (SR-SPP) and that the transformation of nanorods into split-rings by bending significantly influences the scattering strength. Importantly, strong suppression of scattering for the fundamental SR-SPP resonance is observed when the bend radius is decreased, a feature that is attributed to the decrease in the nanoantenna electric-dipole response when bending the nanorods. The experimental observations are corroborated with numerical simulations using the finite-element method.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOptics Express
    Issue number14
    Pages (from-to)14802-14811
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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