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Multiple metallic-shell nanocylinders for surface-enhanced spectroscopes

Jin-You Lu1, Kuo-Pin Chiu2, Husan-Yi Chao1 and Yuan-Huei Chang1*

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1 Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

2 Department of Physics, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:173  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-173

Published: 24 February 2011

Abstract

The optical properties of multiple dielectric-core-gold-shell nanocylinder pairs are investigated by two-dimensional finite difference time domain method. The core-shell cylinders are assumed to be of the same dimension and composition. For normal incidence, the diffraction spectra of multiple cylinder pairs contain the lightning-rod plasmon mode, and the electric field intensity is concentrated in the gap between the nanocylinder pairs in the infrared region. The resonance wavelength and local field enhancement of this plasmon mode can be tuned by varying the pair-distance between the pairs, the gap-distance between the pairs, and the optical constants of the dielectric-core and the surrounding medium. The results show that the multiple core-shell nanocylinder pair contains the plasmon mode same as that of the solid metallic cylinder pairs at the long wavelength part of the spectrum. The large electric field intensity in the infrared region at long wavelength makes multiple core-shell cylinders as ideal candidates for surface-enhanced spectroscopes.