Journal article

Modelling the optical response of gold nanoparticles

Viktor Myroshnychenko, Jessica Rodriguez-Fernandez, Isabel Pastoriza-Santos, Alison M Funston, Carolina Novo, Paul Mulvaney, Luis M Liz-Marzan, F Javier Garcia de Abajo

Chemical Society Reviews | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2008


This tutorial review presents an overview of theoretical methods for predicting and understanding the optical response of gold nanoparticles. A critical comparison is provided, assisting the reader in making a rational choice for each particular problem, while analytical models provide insights into the effects of retardation in large particles and non-locality in small particles. Far- and near-field spectra are discussed, and the relevance of the latter in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy is emphasized.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Spanish MEC

Awarded by ARC Federation Fellowship

Awarded by DP

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Spanish MEC (NAN2004-08843-CO3/05, MAT2007-66050, and MAT2007-62696) and Xunta de Galicia. PM acknowledges support through ARC Federation Fellowship FF0561486 and DP Grant 0451651. JR-F acknowledges an FPU scholarship.