Coupled multipolar interactions in clusters of nanoparticles with metal shells

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Optics Communications, 2002, 211 (1-6), pp. 197 - 204
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Coupled multipolar interactions between spherical nanoparticles coated with metal nanoshells are shown to yield very different optical behaviour to those between all metal nanoparticles in the same configurations. Controlled spectral tuning of absorption bands in metal shell nano-systems is shown to be easier than with all metal particles because strong localised fields between particles and the associated high order multipoles are much weaker. In the touching limit differences in field distributions mean that whereas all metal clusters are far from convergent when 300 pole-terms are included in the calculation, the metal nanoshells give full convergence after less than 10 poles, even for metal volume fractions over 50%. Extinction bands are also far less sensitive to particle spacing in the shell case. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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