IPMI: Plasmonic interaction between nanospheres
Speaker: Sanghyeon Yu (ETH Zürich)
Date: March 16, 2017 10:30
Location: SP2 416-1
When metallic (or plasmonic) nanospheres are nearly touching, strong concentration of light can occur in the narrow gap regions. This phenomenon has a potential application in nanophotonics, biosensing and spectroscopy. The understanding of the strong interaction between the plasmonic spheres turns out to be quite challenging. Indeed, an extremely high computational cost is required to compute the electromagnetic field. Also, the classical method of image charges, which is effective for dielectric spheres system, is not valid for plasmonic spheres because of their negative permittivities. In our work, we develop new analytical and numerical methods for the plasmonic spheres system by clarifying the connection between transformation optics and the method of image charges. We derive fully analytic solutions valid for two plasmonic spheres. We then develop a hybrid numerical scheme for computing the field distribution produced by an arbitrary number of spheres. Our method is highly efficient and accurate even in the nearly touching case and is valid for plasmonic spheres. This is a joint work with Prof. Habib Ammari (ETH Zurich).