Novel Modal Approximation Scheme for Plasmonic Transmission Problems

Gerhard Unger, Andreas Trügler, Ulrich Hohenester*

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The concept of resonances and modes for the description of particle plasmons has recently received great interest, both in the context of efficient simulations as well as for an intuitive interpretation in physical terms. While resonance modes have been successfully employed for geometries whose optical response is governed by a few modes only, the resonance mode description exhibits considerable difficulties for larger nanoparticles with their richer mode spectra. We analyze the problem using a boundary element method approach together with a Mie solution for spherical particles, and identify the fixed link between the electric and magnetic components of the resonance modes as the main source for this shortcoming. We suggest a novel modal approximation scheme that allows us in principle to overcome this problem
Original languageEnglish
Article number246802
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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