The tunability of plasmonic properties of nanomaterials makes them promising in many applications such as molecular detection, spectroscopy techniques, solar energy materials, etc. In the thesis, we mainly focus on the interaction between light with single nanoparticles and two-dimensional plasmonic nanostructures using electrodynamic methods. The fundamental equations of electromagnetic theory: Maxwell's equations are revisited to solve the problems of light-matter interaction, particularly the interaction of light and noble nanomaterials, such as gold and silver. In Chapter 1, Stokes parameters that describe the polarization states of electromagnetic wave are presented. The scattering and absorption of a particle with an arbitrary shape are discussed. In Chapter 2, several computational methods for solving the optical response of nanomaterials when they are illuminated by incident light are studied, which include the Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA) method, the coupled dipole (CD) method, etc. In Chapter 3, the failure and reexamination of the relation between the Raman enhancement factor and local enhanced electric field intensity is investigated by placing a molecular dipole in the vicinity of a silver rod. Using a silver rod and a molecular dipole, we demonstrate that the relation generated using a spherical nanoparticle cannot simply be applied to systems with particles of different shapes. In Chapter 4, a silver film with switchable total transmission/reflection is discussed. The film is composed of two-dimensional rectangular prisms. The factors affecting the transmission (reflection) as well as the mechanisms leading to the phenomena are studied. Later, in Chapter 5 and 6, the sandwiched nano-film composed of two 2D rectangular prisms arrays and two glass substrates with a continuous film in between is examined to enhance the transmission of the continuous silver film.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Zhou, Yadong, "Optical Properties of Single Nanoparticles and Two-dimensional Arrays of Plasmonic Nanostructures" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 5916.