Metal Nanoparticles for Microscopy and Spectroscopy

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Reference P. Zijlstra, M. Orrit and A.F. Koenderink: Metal Nanoparticles for Microscopy and Spectroscopy In: Nanoparticles : Workhorses of Nanoscience /ed. C. de Mello Donegá, , 2014. - pp. 53-98
Group Resonant Nanophotonics

Metal nanoparticles interact strongly with light due to a resonant response of their free electrons. These ‘plasmon’ resonances appear as very strong extinction and scattering for particular wavelengths, and result in high enhancements of the local field compared to the incident electric field. In this chapter we introduce the reader to the optical properties of single plasmon particles as well as finite clusters and periodic lattices, and discuss several applications.