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Appl Opt. 2012 Apr 10;51(11):1688-93. doi: 10.1364/AO.51.001688.

Palladium bridged gold nanocylinder dimer: plasmonic properties and hydrogen sensitivity.

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  • 1Photonics and Optical Nanoscopy Laboratory, Division of Physics and Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India.


Plasmonic nanodimers facilitate electromagnetic hotspots at their gap junction. By loading these gap junctions with nanomaterials, the plasmonic properties of nanodimer can be varied. In this study, we bridged the gap junction of gold (Au) nanocylinder dimer with palladium (Pd), and numerically evaluated the plasmonic properties of the designed nanostructure. We simulated the far-field extinction spectra of Pd bridged Au nanocylinder dimer, and identified the dipole and quadrupole plasmon modes at 839 and 578 nm, respectively. By varying the geometrical parameters of the Pd bridge, we revealed the ability to tune the dipolar plasmon resonance of the bridged dimer. Further, we exploited the hydrogen sensitivity of Pd bridge to harness the bridged-Au dimer as nanoplasmonic hydrogen sensor. Such nano-optical detection platforms have minimal spatial footprint and can be further harnessed for chip-based plasmonic sensing.

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