Optical Observation of Plasnionic Nonlocal Effects in a 2D Superlattice of Ultrasmall Gold Nanoparticles

Hao Shen, Li Chen, Lorenzo Ferrari, Meng-Hsien Lin, N. Asger Mortensen, Shangjr Gwo, Zhaowei Liu

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The advances in recent nanofabrication techniques have facilitated explorations of metal structures into nanometer scales, where the traditional local-response Drude model with hard-wall boundary conditions fails to accurately describe their optical responses. The emerging nonlocal effects in single ultrasmall silver nanopartides have been experimentally observed in single-particle spectroscopy enabled by the unprecedented high spatial resolution of electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). However, the unambig-optical observation of such new effects in gold nanopartides has yet not been reported, due to the extremely weak scattering and the obscuring fingerprint of strong interband transitions. Here we present a nanosystem, a superlattice monolayer formed by sub-10 nm gold nanopartides. Plasmon resonances are spectrally well-separated from interband transitions, while exhibiting clearly distinguishable blue-shifts compared to predictions by the classical local-response model. Our far-field spectroscopy was performed by a standard optical transmission and reflection setup, and the results agreed excellently with the hydrodynamic nonlocal model, opening a simple and Widely accessible way for addressing quantum effects in nanoplasmonic systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNano letters
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)2234-2239
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Surface plasmon resonances
  • Nonlocal effect
  • Hydrodynamic Drude−Lorentz model
  • 2D superlattice
  • Ultrasmall AuNPs

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Shen, H., Chen, L., Ferrari, L., Lin, M-H., Mortensen, N. A., Gwo, S., & Liu, Z. (2017). Optical Observation of Plasnionic Nonlocal Effects in a 2D Superlattice of Ultrasmall Gold Nanoparticles. Nano letters, 17(4), 2234-2239. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04849