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Nanoscale. 2011 Oct 5;3(10):4042-59. doi: 10.1039/c1nr10788g. Epub 2011 Sep 19.

Optical properties of metallic nanoparticles: manipulating light, heat and forces at the nanoscale.

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INFIQC.CLCM, Departamento de Fisicoquímica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina.


We present to a general readership an overview of the rich variety of phenomena and applications that arise from the interaction of metallic nanoparticles with light. First, we present the fundamental physics of localized surface plasmon resonances, the most relevant theories and numerical methods, as well as optical detection schemes. Finally, we explain how the localized surface plasmon resonances are currently exploited for the nanoscale manipulation of light, heat and forces in various applications and experimental investigations.

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