Large-Area Two-Dimensional Plasmonic Meta-Glasses and Meta-Crystals: a Comparative Study
Journal article, 2017

The geometrical arrangement of metallic nanoparticles plays a crucial role on the optical response of nanoplasmonic samples due to particle-particle interactions. In this work, large-area, two-dimensional meta-glasses (random arrangements) and meta-crystals (periodic arrangements) made of identical metallic nanoparticles are investigated for three different particle densities of 5, 10, and 15 discs/mu m(2). A direct comparison between random and periodically ordered arrays is presented. The comparison clearly shows that the particle density has the largest influence on the extinction spectra for both periodic and random samples, and that for equal densities, the optical response away from diffraction effects is strikingly similar in both cases. The role of the radial density function and minimum particle distance is also determined. This study elucidates the role of the particle-particle interactions on the response of plasmonic nanoparticles and indicates how to control position and shape of the plasmonic resonance.

Random/ordered arrays


Metallic nanoparticle arrays

Localized surface plasmons

Coupled dipole approximation


Stefano De Zuani

University of Stuttgart

Marcus Rommel

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Nanofabrication Laboratory

R. Vogelgesang

Max Planck Society

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Juergen Weis

Max Planck Society

Bruno Gompf

University of Stuttgart

Martin Dressel

University of Stuttgart

Audrey Berrier

University of Stuttgart


1557-1955 (ISSN)

Vol. 12 5 1381-1390

Subject Categories

Condensed Matter Physics



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