Manipulating the optical properties of individual and arrays of gold nanopyramids

Jeunghoon Lee, Joel Henzie, Teri W. Odom

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This chapter describes the fabrication and optical characterization of a new type of metal nanoparticle: gold nanopyramids. Individual pyramids exhibit orientation-dependent scattering under unpolarized white light, which can be used to determine their relative orientation on a substrate without direct imaging tools. Arrays of gold pyramids encapsulated within a polymer film exhibit polarization and wavevector-dependent optical properties that match well with calculations. The scattering peaks observed at visible wavelengths can be assigned to multi-polar surface plasmon resonances, which originate from the large size and anisotropic shape of the pyramids. Unique prospects of these three-dimensional metal particles will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanostructures in Electronics and Photonics
PublisherPan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9789814241106
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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