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MSC Colloquium T.W. Ebbesen


11 January 2007 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
T.W. Ebbesen
T.W. Ebbesen
Speaker: Prof. T.W. Ebbesen
Affiliation: ISIS, CNRS Strasbourg, France
Title: T.b.a.
Date: Thu Jan 11, 2007
Start: 16.00 (Doors open and coffee available at 15.30)
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


Materials structured on the nanometer scale can lead to improved and sometimes surprising properties.Metals are no exception to this rule. Metal particles for instance display colours which vary with their size. The colour results from the coupling of light with the free electrons of the metal particle to form surface plasmons.On a broader level, with modern nanofabrication techniques it is possible to tailor the structure of metals and thereby to control the properties of surface plasmons opening many new possibilities from sensors to optical circuits [1].

The potential of surface plasmon photonics will be illustrated in some detail by our own work on the extraordinary optical properties acquired by metal films if they are simply structured with one or more apertures and periodic corrugations [2-8]. The different possibilities and challenges to create complete plasmon based photonic circuits will also be discussed [1,9,10]. Finally, the practical implications from chemistry to opto-electronics will be presented.


1. Barnes, Dereux and Ebbesen, Nature 424, 824 (2003);
2. Ebbesen et al. Nature 391, 667 (1998);
3. Martin-Moreno et al. PRL 86, 1114 (2001);
4. Lezec et al. Science 197, 820 (2002);
5. Martin-Moreno et al. PRL 90, 167401 (2003) ;
6. Garcia-Vidal et al. PRL 90, 213901 (2003);
7. Barnes et al. PRL 92, 107401 (2004) ;
8. Degiron et al. Opt. Comm. 239, 61 (2004);
9. Bozhevolnyi et al. Nature 440, 508 (2006);
10. Dintinger et al. Adv. Mat. 18, 1645 (2006).

Fig. a and b.
Fig. a and b.
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