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See detailPlasmon-Enhanced Sub-Wavelength Laser Ablation: Plasmonic Nanojets
Valev, V.K.; Denkova, D.; Zheng, X. et al

in Advanced Materials (2012), 24

Plasmonic hotspots are regions on the surface of metal nanostructures where light causes very strong oscillation of the electrons. Because electron oscillations constitute an electric current and because ... [more ▼]

Plasmonic hotspots are regions on the surface of metal nanostructures where light causes very strong oscillation of the electrons. Because electron oscillations constitute an electric current and because electric currents heat up the material the same way an electric stove heats up in the kitchen, the plasmonic hotspots are extremely hot. So hot that they can melt the gold in a spot much smaller than the wavelength of light. We were successfully able to demonstrate that this tiny little pool of molten gold can give rise to the smallest nanojets ever observed. [less ▲]

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See detailHotspot Decorations Map Plasmonic Patterns with the Resolution of Scanning Probe Techniques
Valev, V. K.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Jeyaram, Y. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2011), 106(22),

In high definition mapping of the plasmonic patterns on the surfaces of nanostructures, the diffraction limit of light remains an important obstacle. Here we demonstrate that this diffraction limit can be ... [more ▼]

In high definition mapping of the plasmonic patterns on the surfaces of nanostructures, the diffraction limit of light remains an important obstacle. Here we demonstrate that this diffraction limit can be completely circumvented. We show that upon illuminating nanostructures made of nickel and palladium, the resulting surface-plasmon pattern is imprinted on the structures themselves; the hotspots (regions of local field enhancement) are decorated with overgrowths, allowing for their subsequent imaging with scanning-probe techniques. The resulting resolution of plasmon pattern imaging is correspondingly improved. [less ▲]

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