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Optical Properties of Gold Nanorings



Javier Aizpurua, P Hanarp, D S. Sutherland, Garnett W. Bryant, F J. Garcia de Abajo, M Kall


The optical response of ring-shaped gold nanoparticles prepared by colloidal lithography is investigated. Compared to solid gold particles of similar size, nanorings exhibit a redshifted localized surface plasmon that can be tuned over an extended wavelength range by varying the ratio of the ring thickness to radius. The measured wavelength variation is well reproduced by numerical calculations and interpreted as originating from coupling of dipolar modes at the inner and outer surfaces of the nanorings. The electric field associated with these plasmons exhibits uniform enhancement and polarization in the ring cavity, suggesting applications in near-infrared surface-enhanced spectroscopy and sensing.
Physical Review Letters
No. 5


collective excitations, field enhancement, light scattering, nanoparticles


Aizpurua, J. , Hanarp, P. , Sutherland, D. , Bryant, G. , Garcia de Abajo, F. and Kall, M. (2003), Optical Properties of Gold Nanorings, Physical Review Letters (Accessed July 24, 2024)


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Created January 31, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021