Multipolar Fano Resonances and Fano-Assisted Optical Activity in Silver Nanorice Heterodimers
Journal article, 2014

We propose a simple structure of a silver nanorice heterodimer to achieve both Fano resonances and strong optical activity. Due to the ellipsoid shape of nanorice, the dinner shows a unique plasmon hybridization picture, being different from those in previously studied two-nanoparticle coupling, which benefits the generation of Fano resonances here. Under oblique incidence, this nanorice dimer exhibits not only multipolar Fano resonances but also very strong optical activity in the Fano resonant ranges. A chiral molecule model is proposed to explain the generation of chirality. It is also shown that Fano resonance has an assisting effect on optical activity (especially for subradiant modes), which can be ascribed to the energy transfer from the super-radiant modes to the subradiant modes during Fano interference.

nanorice heterodimer

higher-order modes


multipolar Fano resonances

optical activity


X. R. Tian

Nanyang Technological University

Yurui Fang

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Bionanophotonics

B. L. Zhang

Nanyang Technological University

ACS Photonics

2330-4022 (eISSN)

Vol. 1 11 1156-1164

Subject Categories

Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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