Defect-induced activation of symmetry forbidden infrared resonances in individual metallic nanorods

Neubrech, F.; Garcia-Etxarri, A.; Weber, D.; Bochterle, J.; Shen, H.; Lamy de la Chapelle, M.; Bryant, G. W.; Aizpurua, J.; Pucci, A.
May 2010
Applied Physics Letters;5/24/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 21, p213111
Academic Journal
We report on the observation of second-order infrared (IR) plasmon resonances in lithographically prepared gold nanorods investigated by means of far-field microscopic IR spectroscopy. In addition to the fundamental antennalike mode, even and odd higher order resonances are observed under normal incidence of light. The activation of even-order modes under normal incidence is surprising since even orders are dipole-forbidden because of their centrosymmetric charge density oscillation. Performing atomic force microscopy and calculations with the boundary element method, we determine that excitation of even modes is enabled by symmetry breaking by structural deviations of the rods from an ideal, straight shape.


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