, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 785-792
Date: 20 Jun 2008

Calculation of curvature dependent surface plasmon resonance in gold nanospheroid and nanoshell

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In this paper, theoretical calculations based on dipole-limit are performed to investigate the effects of curvature on the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties of nanometer size gold spheroid and shell. By comparing the aspect ratio with the shell thickness, we demonstrated that the curvature radius is a common better factor that can be used to predict the SPR wavelength and shift fashion. For nanospheroid, increasing the ratio of curvature radius corresponding to the climaxes leads to an increase in the ratio of SPR wavelength, whereas increasing the ratio of curvature radius of outer and inner surface in nanoshell leads to an decrease in the ratio of SPR wavelength. As a morphologic factor, curvature radius plays an important role in affecting the distribution of electron density, and consequently controlling the SPR frequency.