Plasmonic Resonant Solitons in Metallic Nanosuspensions
Abbreviated Journal Title
Metallic nanosuspension; plasmonic resonance; core-shell particle; optical self-trapping; Kerr effect; negative polarizability; SINGLE GOLD NANORODS; OPTICAL FORCES; NANOPARTICLES; SIZE; TEMPERATURE; ENVIRONMENT; DYNAMICS; COLLOIDS; LIGHT; SHAPE; Chemistry, Multidisciplinary; Chemistry, Physical; Nanoscience &; Nanotechnology; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Physics, Applied; Physics, Condensed Matter
Robust propagation of self-trapped light over distances exceeding 25 diffraction lengths has been demonstrated for the first time in plasmonic nanosuspensions. This phenomenon results from the interplay between optical forces and enhanced polarizability that would have been otherwise impossible in conventional dielectric dispersions. Plasmonic nanostmctures such as core-shell particles, nanorods, and spheres are shown to display tunable polarizabilities depending on their size, shape, and composition, as well as the wavelength of illumination. Here we discuss nonlinear light-matter dynamics arising from an effective positive Kerr effect, which in turn allows for deep penetration of long needles of light through dissipative colloidal media. Our findings may open up new possibilities toward synthesizing soft-matter systems with customized optical nonlinearities.
"Plasmonic Resonant Solitons in Metallic Nanosuspensions" (2014). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 5315.