Jenny Lassiter

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Heterogeneous catalysis is of paramount importance in chemistry and energy applications. Catalysts that couple light energy into chemical reactions in a directed, orbital-specific manner would greatly reduce the energy input requirements of chemical transformations, revolutionizing catalysis-driven chemistry. Here we report the room temperature dissociation(More)
Studying the plasmonic properties of metallic nanoparticles at the individual nanostructure level is critical to our understanding of nanoscale metallic systems. Here we show how the presence of a nearby dielectric substrate modifies the energies of the plasmon modes of a metallic nanoparticle. The adjacent dielectric lifts the degeneracy of the dipole(More)
Heterodimers-two closely adjacent metallic nanoparticles differing in size or shape-exemplify a simple nanoscale geometry that gives rise to a remarkably rich set of properties. These include Fano resonances, avoided crossing behavior, and a surprising dependence of the scattering spectrum on the direction of excitation, known as the "optical nanodiode"(More)
Clusters of plasmonic nanoparticles and nanostructures support Fano resonances. Here we show that this spectral feature, produced by the interference between bright and dark modes of the nanoparticle cluster, is strongly dependent upon both geometry and local dielectric environment. This permits a highly sensitive tunability of the Fano dip in both(More)
Plasmonic nanoparticle pairs known as "dimers" embody a simple system for generating intense nanoscale fields for surface enhanced spectroscopies and for developing an understanding of coupled plasmons. Individual nanoshell dimers in directly adjacent pairs and touching geometries show dramatically different plasmonic properties. At close distances,(More)
While the far field properties of Fano resonances are well-known, clusters of plasmonic nanoparticles also possess Fano resonances with unique and spatially complex near field properties. Here we examine the near field properties of individual Fano resonant plasmonic clusters using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) both from molecules distributed(More)
Our understanding of how the geometry of metallic nanostructures controls the properties of their surface plasmons, based on plasmon hybridization, is useful for developing high-performance substrates for surface enhanced spectroscopies. In this tutorial review, we outline the design of metallic nanostructures tailored specifically for providing(More)
A nanoparticle consisting of a dielectric (SiO(2)) and metallic (Au) shell layer surrounding a solid Au nanoparticle core can be designed with its superradiant and subradiant plasmon modes overlapping in energy, resulting in a Fano resonance in its optical response. Synthesis of this nanoparticle around an asymmetric core yields a structure that possesses(More)
State government, university, and local health department (LHD) partners collaborated to build the geographic information system (GIS) capacity of 5 LHDs in North Carolina. Project elements included procuring hardware and software, conducting individualized and group training, developing data layers, guiding the project development process, coordinating(More)