Plasmonic Properties of Silver Nanoparticles on Two Substrates

F Chen, Roy Johnston

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In this paper, we examine the plasmonic properties of silver nanoparticles, with an emphasis on the sensitivity of the extinction spectra on the supporting substrate: silica (SiO2) microsphere and indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass slide, on which silver particles are deposited electroless and electrochemically, respectively. The microstructures and phases of these nanoparticles are characterized by transmission electron microscopy, field emission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties which are experimentally measured in the ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectral region are compared to electrodynamics calculations based on the discrete dipole approximation. A wide SPR band ranging from 400 to 800 nm is observed for the silver nanoparticles on a silica microsphere, which is similar to the plasmon resonance characteristics of metal nanoshells. The SPR of a conducting substrate, however, has an effect on the plasmonic properties of silver nanoparticles at longer wavelength.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009


  • Plasmonic resonance
  • Silver nanoparticles
  • Silica microsphere
  • Indium tin oxide


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