Abbreviated Journal Title
Appl. Phys. Lett.
NANOPARTICLES; EXCITATION; DYNAMICS; METALS; Physics, Applied
A dramatic enhancement of the thermally induced nonlinear optical response in compositionally heterogeneous plasmonic trimers is reported. It is demonstrated numerically that the nonlinear absorption performance of silver nanoparticle dimers under pulsed illumination can be enhanced by more than two orders of magnitude through the addition of only 0.1 vol. % of gold in the dimer gap. The nonlinear absorption performance of the resulting Ag-Au-Ag trimer exceeds the peak performance of isolated gold nanoparticles by a factor 40. This dramatic effect is enabled by cascaded plasmon resonance, resulting in extreme field concentration in the central nanoparticle of the trimer. The observed localized heat-generation, large optical response, and a predicted response time below 1 ns make these structures promising candidates for use in nonlinear optical limiting and optical switching.
Applied Physics Letters
Toroghi, Seyfollah; Lumdee, Chatdanai; and Kik, Pieter G., "Heterogeneous plasmonic trimers for enhanced nonlinear optical absorption" (2015). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6833.