From nanoparticle to nanocable: Impact of size and geometrical constraints on the optical modes of Si/SiO2 core/shell nanostructures

Juan Wang; Xiao-Jing Wang; Yang Jiao; Quan Li; Ming-Wen Chu; Malac, Marek
September 2009
Applied Physics Letters;9/28/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 13, p133102
Academic Journal
In the extinction spectra of Si/SiO2 core/shell nanostructures, peak features in the near UV region (3–5 eV) appear when the nanostructure geometrical configuration changes from spherical nanoparticles to cylindrical nanocables, with the peak features become more intense in the nanocables of smaller core diameter. Similar feature at ∼4.2 eV is also observed in the spatially resolved electron energy loss spectra (SREELS) of individual nanocable, but not in the nanoparticle. The EELS simulations unravel the origin of such excitation as the monopolar interface plasmon in cylindrical nano-objects, being responsible for the observed near UV extinction modes in nanocables.


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