Near-field plasmonic behavior of Au/Pd nanocrystals with Pd-rich tips

Using nanometer spatial resolution electron-energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and cathodoluminescence (CL) mapping, we demonstrate that Au alloys containing a poor plasmonic metal (Pd) can nevertheless sustain multiple size-dependent localized surface plasmon resonances and observe strong field enhancement at Pd-rich tips, where the composition is in fact least favorable for plasmons. These Au/Pd stellated nanocrystals are also involved in substrate and interparticle coupling, as unraveled by EELS tilt series.

Published in

Plasma Physics

Authored by

Ringe, E.; DeSantis, C. J.; Collins, S. M.; Duchamp, M.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.; Skrabalak, S. E.; Midgley, P. A.

Publication date

Thursday, June 4, 2015
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Technique category