Damping of plasmons of closely coupled sphere chains due to disordered gaps

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Journal Article
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116 (1), pp. 1335 - 1343
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The damping of plasmons due to structural disorder may have important practical consequences. Here, we use spherical harmonic expansions to quantify the damping of plasmons of ensembles of closely coupled sphere chains with moderately disordered gaps. We show that the quadratic shift of average resonance position due to disorder is maintained in the transition from weak to close coupling, but the sensitivity to disorder increases. Further, we find that although the main peak is most often damped and broadened by disorder, it is possible for the optical extinction of disordered gold chains to increase slightly due to red-skew into a region with more favorable metal properties. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
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