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Tunable infrared absorption by meta nanoparticles: The case for gold rods and shells

Nadine Harris, Michael J Ford, Paul Mulvaney, Michael B Cortie



Nanoparticles of elements such as Au, Al or Ag have optical extinction cross-section that considerably surpass their geometric cross-sections at certain wavelengths of light. While the absorption and scattering maxima for nanospheres of these elements are relatively insensitive to particle diameter, the surface plasmon resonance of Au nanoshells and nanorods can be readily tuned from the visible into the infrared by changing the shape of the particle. Here we compare nanoshells and nanorods in terms of their ease of synthesis, their optical properties, and their longer term technological prospects as tunable "plasmonic absorbers". While both particle types are now routinely prepared by wet c..

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