Photoemission from localized surface plasmons in fractal metal nanostructures

Word, R. C.; Dornan, T.; Könenkamp, R.
June 2010
Applied Physics Letters;6/21/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 25, p251110
Academic Journal
We use photoemission microscopy to characterize localized surface plasmon distributions in nanostructured gold layers on indium-tin-oxide/glass substrates. The Au films have a fractal dimension of ∼1.3 and smallest feature sizes of ∼100 nm. We use femtosecond laser pulses at a wavelength of ∼800 nm for the plasmon excitation. Photoelectron emission occurs by a three-photon process in localized areas of indium-tin-oxide with ∼70 nm diameter. In these areas the photoemission rate is enhanced several thousand fold compared to nonstructured surface areas. The results show that plasmon enhanced photoemission can be induced in a nonabsorbing material in proximity to a plasmon-active metal nanostructure.


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