Probing plasmonic nanostructures by photons and electrons

Katrin Kneipp, Harald Kneipp, Janina Kneipp

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We discuss recent developments for studying plasmonic metal nanostructures. Exploiting photons and electrons opens up new capabilities to probe the complete plasmon spectrum including bright and dark modes and related local optical fields at subnanometer spatial resolution. This comprehensive characterization of plasmonic properties of metal nanostructures provides new basic insight into the fundamental physics of "surface enhanced" spectroscopy in hottest hot spots and enables us to optimize plasmon supported processes and devices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemical Science
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)2721-2726
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Chemistry
  • Enhanced raman-scattering
  • Single-molecule fluoresces
  • Local optical-fields
  • Fractal clusters
  • Metallic nanostructures
  • Nanoparticle dimers
  • Spectroscopy
  • Modes
  • Microscopy
  • Resonance
  • Nanostructures
  • Photons
  • Fundamental physics
  • Metal nanostructure
  • Optical field
  • Plasmon spectrum
  • Plasmonic nanostructures
  • Plasmonic properties
  • Spatial resolution
  • Sub nanometers
  • Plasmons

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