Plasmonic nanocavity modes: from near-field to far-field radiation

Nuttawut Kongsuwan, Angela Demetriadou, Matthew Horton, Rohit Chikkaraddy, Jeremy J. Baumberg, Ortwin Hess

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In the past decade, advances in nanotechnology have led to the development of plasmonic nanocavities which facilitate light-matter strong coupling in ambient conditions. The most robust example is the nanoparticle-on-mirror (NPoM) structure whose geometry is controlled with subnanometer precision. The excited plasmons in such nanocavities are extremely sensitive to the exact morphology of the nanocavity, giving rise to unexpected optical behaviors. So far, most theoretical and experimental studies on such nanocavities have been based solely on their scattering and absorption properties. However, these methods do not provide a complete optical description of the nanocavities. Here, the NPoM is treated as an open non-conservative system supporting a set of photonic quasinormal modes (QNMs). By investigating the morphology-dependent optical properties of nanocavities, we propose a simple yet comprehensive nomenclature based on spherical harmonics and report spectrally overlapping bright and dark nanogap eigenmodes. The near-field and far-field optical properties of NPoMs are explored and reveal intricate multi-modal interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-471
JournalACS Photonics
Issue number2
Early online date9 Jan 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2020


  • nanocavities
  • nanophotonics
  • near-to-far-field transformation
  • plasmonics
  • quasinormal mode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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