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Title: Nanoscale probing of resonant photonic modes in dielectric nanoparticles with focused electron beams

Abstract

We report that understanding the optical responses of nanostructures with high spatial resolution is paramount in photonic engineering. The excitation of resonant optical-frequency geometric modes in oxide nanoparticles is explored using monochromated electron energy-loss spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope. These geometric or cavity modes are found to produce a progression of resonance peaks within the bandgap regions of the electron energy-loss spectra of CeO2, TiO2, and MgO nanoparticles. Complementary simulations of the electron probe combined with analytic Mie analysis are performed to interpret the complex spectral features and to understand their underlying physical origins. The factors that influence the energies, shapes, and strengths of these modes are also investigated and their dependence upon nanoparticle size, geometry, refractive index, aggregation, impact parameter, and electron kinetic energy are elucidated. Taken together, this work demonstrates the unique ability of fast electron spectroscopy to determine the photonic density of states in individual and complex assemblies of dielectric nanoparticles.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [1]
  1. Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (United States)
  2. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES); National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1597440
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1504802
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0018040; SC0004954; CHE-1664684
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 99; Journal Issue: 16; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY

Citation Formats

Liu, Qianlang, Quillin, Steven C., Masiello, David J., and Crozier, Peter A. Nanoscale probing of resonant photonic modes in dielectric nanoparticles with focused electron beams. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.99.165102.
Liu, Qianlang, Quillin, Steven C., Masiello, David J., & Crozier, Peter A. Nanoscale probing of resonant photonic modes in dielectric nanoparticles with focused electron beams. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.99.165102.
Liu, Qianlang, Quillin, Steven C., Masiello, David J., and Crozier, Peter A. Wed . "Nanoscale probing of resonant photonic modes in dielectric nanoparticles with focused electron beams". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.99.165102. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1597440.
@article{osti_1597440,
title = {Nanoscale probing of resonant photonic modes in dielectric nanoparticles with focused electron beams},
author = {Liu, Qianlang and Quillin, Steven C. and Masiello, David J. and Crozier, Peter A.},
abstractNote = {We report that understanding the optical responses of nanostructures with high spatial resolution is paramount in photonic engineering. The excitation of resonant optical-frequency geometric modes in oxide nanoparticles is explored using monochromated electron energy-loss spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope. These geometric or cavity modes are found to produce a progression of resonance peaks within the bandgap regions of the electron energy-loss spectra of CeO2, TiO2, and MgO nanoparticles. Complementary simulations of the electron probe combined with analytic Mie analysis are performed to interpret the complex spectral features and to understand their underlying physical origins. The factors that influence the energies, shapes, and strengths of these modes are also investigated and their dependence upon nanoparticle size, geometry, refractive index, aggregation, impact parameter, and electron kinetic energy are elucidated. Taken together, this work demonstrates the unique ability of fast electron spectroscopy to determine the photonic density of states in individual and complex assemblies of dielectric nanoparticles.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.99.165102},
journal = {Physical Review B},
number = 16,
volume = 99,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {4}
}

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