Antonio I. Fernandez-Dominguez

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We demonstrate the use of high-resolution electron beam lithography to fabricate complex nanocavities with nanometric spatial and positional control. The plasmon modes of these nanostructures are then mapped using electron energy-loss spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microsope. This powerful combination of patterning and plasmon mapping(More)
A new approach for the spatial and temporal modulation of electromagnetic fields at terahertz frequencies is presented. The waveguiding elements are based on plasmonic and metamaterial notions and consist of an easy-to-manufacture periodic chain of metallic box-shaped elements protruding out of a metallic surface. It is shown that the dispersion relation of(More)
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(More)
On the basis of conformal transformation, a general strategy is proposed to design plasmonic nanostructures capable of an efficient harvesting of light over a broadband spectrum. The surface plasmon modes propagate toward the singularity of these structures where the group velocity vanishes and energy accumulates. A considerable field enhancement and(More)
We develop an insightful transformation-optics approach to investigate the impact that nonlocality has on the optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures. The light-harvesting performance of a dimer of touching nanowires is studied by using the hydrodynamical Drude model, which reveals nonlocal resonances not predicted by previous local calculations. Our(More)
Nanoplasmonics is the emerging research field that studies light-matter interactions mediated by resonant excitations of surface plasmons in metallic nanostructures. It allows the manipulation of the flow of light and its interaction with matter at the nanoscale (10(-9) m). One of the most promising characteristics of plasmonic resonances is that they occur(More)
We propose a metamaterial approach to route terahertz waves that features subwavelength confinement in the transverse plane. The guiding mechanism is based on geometrically induced electromagnetic modes sustained by corrugated metallic wedges, whose characteristics resemble those of wedge plasmon polaritons at telecom and optical frequencies. Additionally,(More)
We push the fabrication limit of gold nanostructures to the exciting sub-nanometer regime, in which light-matter interactions have been anticipated to be strongly affected by the quantum nature of electrons in metals. Doing so allows us to (1) evaluate the validity of classical electrodynamics to describe plasmonic effects at this length scale and (2)(More)
A general three-dimensional transformation optics approach is presented that yields analytical expressions for the relevant electromagnetic magnitudes in plasmonic phenomena at singular geometries. This powerful theoretical tool reveals the broadband response and superfocusing properties of touching metal nanospheres and provides an elegant physical(More)