Britain A Willingham

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We have explored the consequences of symmetry breaking on the coupled surface plasmon resonances in individual dimers of gold nanorods using single-particle dark-field scattering spectroscopy and numerical simulations. Pairs of chemically grown nanorods can exhibit wide variation in sizes, gap distances, and relative orientation angles. The combination of(More)
Coupled surface plasmons in one-dimensional assemblies of metal nanoparticles have attracted significant attention because strong interparticle interactions lead to large electromagnetic field enhancements that can be exploited for localizing and amplifying electromagnetic radiation in nanoscale structures. Ohmic loss (i.e., absorption by the metal),(More)
We investigate the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons through coupling of light to sub-radiant dipole modes in finite chains of Ag nanoparticles. End excitation of collections of closely spaced particles reveals a band of sub-radiant modes whereby the decay of surface plasmon polaritons due to radiative losses is minimized. We show that excitation of(More)
We report on the one-photon photoluminescence of gold nanorods with different aspect ratios. We measured photoluminescence and scattering spectra from 82 gold nanorods using single-particle spectroscopy. We found that the emission and scattering spectra closely resemble each other independent of the nanorod aspect ratio. We assign the photoluminescence to(More)
We establish the concept of a plasmonic polymer, whose collective optical properties depend on the repeat unit. Experimental and theoretical analyses of the super- and sub- radiant plasmon response of plasmonic polymers comprising repeat units of single nanoparticles or dimers of gold nanoparticles show that (1) the redshift of the lowest energy coupled(More)
Using light to exchange information offers large bandwidths and high speeds, but the miniaturization of optical components is limited by diffraction. Converting light into electron waves in metals allows one to overcome this problem. However, metals are lossy at optical frequencies and large-area fabrication of nanometer-sized structures by conventional(More)
We present an approach called pulsed multiline excitation (PME) for measurements of multicomponent, fluorescence species and demonstrate its application in capillary electrophoresis for DNA sequencing. To fully demonstrate the advantages of PME, a fluorescent dye set has been developed whose absorption maxima span virtually the entire visible spectrum.(More)
A surface plasmon is the coherent oscillation of the conduction band electrons. When a metal nanoparticle is excited to produce surface plasmons, incident light is both scattered and absorbed, giving rise to brilliant colors. One available technique for measuring these processes, ensemble extinction spectroscopy, only measures the sum of scattering and(More)
The interaction between adjacent metal nanoparticles within an assembly induces interesting collective plasmonic properties. Using dark-field imaging of plasmon scattering, we investigated rings of gold nanoparticles and observed that the images were dependent on the substrate. In particular, for nanoparticles assembled on carbon and gold substrates,(More)
Plasmonic polymers are quasi one-dimensional assemblies of nanoparticles whose optical responses are governed by near-field coupling of localized surface plasmons. Through single particle extinction spectroscopy correlated with electron microscopy, we reveal the effect of the composition of the repeat unit, the chain length, and extent of disorder on the(More)
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