Size-Dependent Optical Properties of Metallic Nanostructures

  • Lucía B. Scaffardi
  • Daniel C. Schinca
  • Marcelo Lester
  • Fabián A. Videla
  • Jesica M. J. Santillán
  • Ricardo M. Abraham Ekeroth


Metallic nanostructures are a key component of current and future nanotechnology devices since their individual properties convey the appropriate characteristics for applications in several fields of science and technology. At the nanoscale size, optical properties of metal structures depend not only on the type of material but also on the dimensions and geometry of the structure, suggesting the possibility of tuning optical resonances through appropriate engineering. In this chapter, we will describe methods for calculation of size-dependent optical properties of metal nanostructures and show the successful use of extinction spectroscopy technique to determine the size of nanoparticles (Nps).


Dielectric Function Interband Transition Extinction Spectrum Constitutive Parameter Electromagnetic Response 
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This work was partially financed by Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET (Grants PIP 0394 and PIP 0145), and by Facultad de Ingeniería de Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Grant 11/I151). LBS and ML belong to CONICET, DCS and FAV belong to the Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (CICBA), Argentina, and JMJS and MRA are CONICET fellowship holders.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucía B. Scaffardi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daniel C. Schinca
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marcelo Lester
    • 3
    • 4
  • Fabián A. Videla
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jesica M. J. Santillán
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ricardo M. Abraham Ekeroth
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas (CIOp), CONICET La Plata-CICLa PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciencias Básicas, Facultad de IngenieríaUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  3. 3.Grupo de Óptica de Sólidos-Elfo, Centro de Investigaciones en Física e Ingeniería del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires – Instituto de Física Arroyo SecoFacultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  4. 4.Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas CONICETBuenos AiresArgentina

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