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Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Feb 3;96(4):045503. Epub 2006 Feb 1.

Coherent light scattering from semicontinuous silver nanoshells near the percolation threshold.

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  • 1Oregon Center for Optics and Department of Physics, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403, USA.


We report on measurements of visible extinction spectra of semicontinuous silver nanoshells grown on colloidal silica spheres. We find that thin, fractal shells below the percolation threshold exhibit geometrically tunable plasmon resonances. A modified scaling theory approach is used to model the dielectric response of such shells, which is then utilized to obtain the extinction cross section in a retarded Mie scattering formalism. We show that such spherical resonators support unique plasmon dynamics: in the visible there is a new regime of coherently driven cluster-localized plasmons, while crossover to homogeneous response in the infrared predicts a delocalized shell plasmon.

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