Experimental evidence of nanometer-scale confinement of plasmonic eigenmodes responsible for hot spots in random metallic films

TitleExperimental evidence of nanometer-scale confinement of plasmonic eigenmodes responsible for hot spots in random metallic films
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLosquin, A, Camelio, S, Rossouw, D, Besbes, M, Pailloux, F, Babonneau, D, Botton, GA, Greffet, J-J, St├ęphan, O, Kociak, M
JournalPHYSICAL REVIEW B
Volume88
Date PublishedSEP 23
ISSN2469-9950
Abstract

We report on the identification and nanometer scale characterization over a large energy range of random, disorder-driven, surface plasmons in silver semicontinuous films embedded in silicon nitride. By performing spatially resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy experiments, we experimentally demonstrate that these plasmons eigenmodes arise when the films become fractal, leading to the emergence of strong electrical fields ({''}hot spots{''}) localized over few nanometers. We show that disorder-driven surface plasmons strongly depart from those usually found in nanoparticles, being strongly confined and randomly and densely distributed in space and energy. Beyond that, we show that they have no obvious relation with the local morphology of the films, in stark contrast with surface plasmon eigenmodes of nanoparticles.

DOI10.1103/PhysRevB.88.115427
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