Rendiconti Lincei

, Volume 26, Supplement 2, pp 161–174 | Cite as

Gain-assisted plasmonic metamaterials: mimicking nature to go across scales

  • Antonio De Luca
  • Roberto Bartolino
  • Miguel A. Correa-Duarte
  • M. Lucia Curri
  • Nicole F. Steinmetz
  • Giuseppe Strangi
Life, New Materials and Plasmonics

Abstract

Nature as a source of inspiration for designing and fabricating nanostructured materials with unconventional properties is an unparalleled driving force of this work leading to low-loss metamaterials. Here, we report about a multipronged approach to create optical metamaterials based on plasmonic nanostructures, hierarchical organization and interplay between plasmon elements and excitonic molecules. This work is focused on strategies and approaches to produce gain to metamaterials across scales with the aim of realizing low-loss optical materials and unlocking their unconvetional electromagnetic properties. Finally, we describe how a biomimetic approach based on gain-functionalized bionanoparticle can be harnessed for diagnostics and theranostics.

Keywords

Gain–plasmon interaction Active metamaterials Bionanoparticles 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio De Luca
    • 1
  • Roberto Bartolino
    • 1
  • Miguel A. Correa-Duarte
    • 2
  • M. Lucia Curri
    • 3
  • Nicole F. Steinmetz
    • 4
  • Giuseppe Strangi
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Physics and CNR-IMIPUniversity of CalabriaRendeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Physical ChemistryUniversity of VigoVigoSpain
  3. 3.CNR-IPCF UOS Bari, c/o Department of ChemistryUniversity of BariBariItaly
  4. 4.Department of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, Materials Science and Engineering, Macromolecular Science and EngineeringCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  5. 5.Department of PhysicsCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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