, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 625–629 | Cite as

Plasmonic Nanostructures as Accelerators for Nanoparticles: Optical Nanocannon

  • Alexander S. Shalin
  • Sergey V. Sukhov


We suggest a model of an optical structure that allows to accelerate nanoparticles to velocities on the order of tens of centimeters per second using low-intensity external optical fields. The nano-accelerator system employs metallic V-grooves which concentrate the electric field in the vicinity of their bottoms and creates large optical gradient forces for the nanoparticles in that groove. The conditions are found when this optical force tends to eject particles away from the groove.


Plasmonic nanostructures Optical manipulation Nanofocusing Field enhancement Plasmonic nano-accelerator 



The reported study was partially supported by RFBR, research project No. 12-02-97036-r_povolzhje_a. The authors acknowledge K.M. Douglass for careful reading of manuscript and for valuable suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ulyanovsk Branch of Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics of Russian Academy of SciencesUlyanovskRussia
  2. 2.Technological Research InstituteUlyanovsk State UniversityUlyanovskRussia
  3. 3.CREOL, The College of Optics and PhotonicsUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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