Applied Physics B

, Volume 84, Issue 1–2, pp 35–41 | Cite as

Plasmonic structure and electromagnetic field enhancements in the metallic nanoparticle-film system

  • P. NordlanderEmail author
  • F. Le


We investigate the plasmonic structure of a metallic nanoparticle near a metallic thin film. We show that in the thin film limit, a virtual plasmon resonance composed of delocalized thin film plasmons is induced. We investigate how the physical properties of the virtual state depend on polarization, film thickness and nanoparticle-film separation. We show that the electromagnetic field enhancements associated with the virtual plasmon resonance are large, suggesting applications of metallic nanoparticle/thin film systems as substrates for surface enhanced spectroscopies and surface enhanced scanning probe microscopies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and Astronomy, M.S. 61, Laboratory for NanophotonicsRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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