Surface plasmon modes of a single silver nanorod: An electron energy loss study

Olivia Nicoletti, Martijn Wubs, N. Asger Mortensen, Wilfried Sigle, Peter A. Van Aken, Paul A. Midgley

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    We present an electron energy loss study using energy filtered TEM of spatially resolved surface plasmon excitations on a silver nanorod of aspect ratio 14.2 resting on a 30 nm thick silicon nitride membrane. Our results show that the excitation is quantized as resonant modes whose intensity maxima vary along the nanorod's length and whose wavelength becomes compressed towards the ends of the nanorod. Theoretical calculations modelling the surface plasmon response of the silver nanorodsilicon nitride system show the importance of including retardation and substrate effects in order to describe accurately the energy dispersion of the resonant modes. © 2011 Optical Society of America.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOptics Express
    Issue number16
    Pages (from-to)15371-15379
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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