META Conference, META'12

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Nano-Signature of Surface Charge Spatial Distribution of Metal Nanoparticles Irradiated Off-Resonance
Xuan Zhou, Claire Deeb, Davy Gérard, Alexandre Bouhelier, Prashant K Jain, Jérôme Plain, Soppera Olivier, Pascal Royer, Gary P Wiederrecht, Renaud Bachelot

Last modified: 2012-01-03


We report on the imaging of localized electric field on a metal/dielectric interface of gold nanorods irradiated out of their resonance. The surface polarization charges caused by the discontinuity of electric field at metal/dielectric surface provide a tiny local field enhancement. At some precise positions on the nanorod surface, the resulting effective local field intensity becomes high enough to overcome the threshold dose of a photo-sensitive formulation, and hence the polymerization process is initiated. We finally end up with a cross-linked 3D polymer structure that is actually molding the spatial distribution of the surface charges held on the metal/dielectric interface.


Plasmonics; surface charge density; metal nanorods