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Journal of Applied Physics






034310 (1-6)


Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) with different shapes and disk-shaped Ag NP pairs with varying interparticle distance is studied using dark-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy (DFOMS). Disk-, square-, and triangular-shaped Ag NPs were fabricated on indium tin oxide-coated glass substrates by electron beam lithography. The LSPR spectra collected from single Ag NPs within 5×5 arrays using DFOMS exhibited pronounced redshifts as the NP shape changed from disk to square and to triangular. The shape-dependent experimental LSPR spectra are in good agreement with simulations using the discrete dipole approximation model, although there are small deviations in the peak wavelengths for square- and triangular-shaped NPs. The LSPR spectra of disk-shaped Ag NP pairs with varying interparticle distances were acquired from five different locations across the pair axis. It was clearly observed that the LSPR wavelength redshifts as the interparticle distance decreases, indicating a strong interaction when two Ag NPs are close to each other. © 2011 American Institute of Physics. (doi:10.1063/1.3544349)

Original Publication Citation

Cao, W., Huang, T., Xu, X. H. N., & Elsayed-Ali, H. E. (2011). Localized surface plasmon resonance of single silver nanoparticles studied by dark-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy. Journal of Applied Physics, 109(3), 034310. doi:10.1063/1.3544349