Modelling the optical response of gold nanoparticles

Viktor Myroshnychenko, Jessica Rodriguez-Fernandez, Isabel Pastoriza-Santos, Alison Funston, Carolina Novo, Paul Mulvaney, Luis Liz-Marzan, F Javier Garcia de Abajo

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This tutorial review presents an overview of theoretical methods for predicting and understanding the optical response of gold nanoparticles. A critical comparison is provided, assisting the reader in making a rational choice for each particular problem, while analytical models provide insights into the effects of retardation in large particles and non-locality in small particles. Far- and near-field spectra are discussed, and the relevance of the latter in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy is emphasized
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1792 - 1805
Number of pages14
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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