Rendiconti Lincei

, Volume 26, Supplement 2, pp 183–191 | Cite as

Trapping of gold nanoparticles within arrays of topological defects: evolution of the LSPR anisotropy

  • Emmanuelle LacazeEmail author
  • Olivier Merchiers
  • Yves Borensztein
  • Delphine Coursault
Life, New Materials and Plasmonics


We demonstrate how the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of gold nanoparticles is affected by their trapping within topological defect cores. Using aligned arrays of smectic edge dislocations, we evidence a reversal of the LSPR anisotropy, when the nanoparticle concentration increases. We combine UV–visible spectroscopy with simulations to show that this reversal is related to a transformation of the nanoparticle organization. When the concentration increases, the organization varies from nanoparticle chains parallel to the dislocations to anisotropic nanoparticle ribbons, larger in the direction perpendicular to the dislocations, moreover denser perpendicular to the dislocation than parallel to the dislocations. This transformation may be associated with the localized presence of dense arrays of aligned dislocations, inducing a compression between the NPs, but only in the direction perpendicular to the dislocations.


Plasmon Liquid crystals Gold nanoparticles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanuelle Lacaze
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Olivier Merchiers
    • 3
  • Yves Borensztein
    • 1
    • 2
  • Delphine Coursault
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.CNRS UMR 7588Institut des NanoSciences de Paris (INSP)ParisFrance
  2. 2.Sorbonne universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7588Institut des NanoSciences de Paris (INSP)ParisFrance
  3. 3.Centre d’Energétique et de Thermique de Lyon (CETHIL)INSA de Lyon-CNRS-UCBL-INSA de LyonVilleurbanne CedexFrance
  4. 4.The James Franck InstituteChicagoUSA

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