Light scattering by individual Ag nanoparticles and structures have been studied spectroscopically. Individual particles were selected and manipulated with a micromanipulator installed inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM). With typical particle dimensions of some 100 nm, the plasma resonances of particles and the coupled modes of particle pairs were observed in the visible region. The polarization dependence of the resonance frequencies strongly reflects the shape anisotropy; the effect that would be averaged out for experiments on ensembles. With a simple approximation to take the glass substrate into account, the results are in good agreement with the analytical calculations by Mie scattering, and with numerical calculations by the finite-difference time-domain method, both of which are performed with the morphological parameters obtained from the SEM observation for the corresponding particle or particle pair.
Resonant light scattering from individual Ag nanoparticles and particle pairs
Hiroharu Tamaru, Hitoshi Kuwata, Hideki T. Miyazaki, Kenjiro Miyano; Resonant light scattering from individual Ag nanoparticles and particle pairs. Appl. Phys. Lett. 11 March 2002; 80 (10): 1826–1828. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1461072
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