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Title: Template-guided self-assembly of discrete optoplasmonic molecules and extended optoplasmonic arrays

The integration of metallic and dielectric building blocks into optoplasmonic structures creates new electromagnetic systems in which plasmonic and photonic modes can interact in the near-, intermediate- and farfield. The morphology-dependent electromagnetic coupling between the different building blocks in these hybrid structures provides a multitude of opportunities for controlling electromagnetic fields in both spatial and frequency domain as well as for engineering the phase landscape and the local density of optical states. Control over any of these properties requires, however, rational fabrication approaches for well-defined metal-dielectric hybrid structures. Template-guided self-assembly is a versatile fabrication method capable of integrating metallic and dielectric components into discrete optoplasmonic structures, arrays, or metasurfaces. The structural flexibility provided by the approach is illustrated by two representative implementations of optoplasmonic materials discussed in this review. In optoplasmonic atoms or molecules optical microcavities (OMs) serve as whispering gallery mode resonators that provide a discrete photonic mode spectrum to interact with plasmonic nanostructures contained in the evanescent fields of the OMs. In extended hetero-nanoparticle arrays in-plane scattered light induces geometry-dependent photonic resonances that mix with the localized surface plasmon resonances of the metal nanoparticles. As a result, we characterize the fundamental electromagnetic working principles underlying both optoplasmonic approachesmore » and review the fabrication strategies implemented to realize them.« less
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  1. Boston Univ., Boston, MA (United States)
  2. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
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Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 2192-8606
De Gruyter
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Boston Univ., MA (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; plasmonics; metamaterials; metasurfaces; hybrid materials; directed self-assembly; Whispering Gallery Modes; hetero-nanoparticle arrays
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