Anisotropic permittivity of ultra-thin crystalline Au films: Impacts on the plasmonic response of metasurfaces

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Applied Physics Letters, 2013, 103 (9)
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It has been determined by density functional theory (DFT) simulations that the extracted permittivities of ultra-thin crystalline gold (Au) films exhibit large anisotropies which are not predicted by classical models or previous experimental determinations of the dielectric function. The optical scattering characteristics of a periodic array of Au discs are simulated with the DFT extracted permittivity and contrasted against those obtained with several commonly used Au permittivity models. It is demonstrated that the DFT-based transmittance spectra for these plasmonic metasurfaces lead to significantly redshifted results when compared to those predicted by standard Drude and Johnson-Christy permittivity models. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.
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