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Plasmonic Effects in Metal-Semiconductor Nanostructures$
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Alexey A. Toropov and Tatiana V. Shubina

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199699315

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699315.001.0001

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Electrodynamics of Metal Structures

Electrodynamics of Metal Structures

(p.13) 2 Electrodynamics of Metal Structures
Plasmonic Effects in Metal-Semiconductor Nanostructures

Alexey A. Toropov

Tatiana V. Shubina

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the fundamental facts and concepts of classical electromagnetism, applied in successive chapters to the consideration of the electronic plasma excitations supported by various metal and metal–semiconductor nanostructures. The chapter outlines the basic principles of electrodynamics, the Drude theory describing dielectric function of free electrons, propagation of surface plasmon polaritons at a plane interface between a metal and an insulator, and excitation of localized surface plasmons in metal particles. The quasi-static approximation is represented for the general case of ellipsoidal particles, whereas the exact Mie theory is employed to define plasmonic excitations in conducting spheres. Thus, the goal of the chapter is to give a basic overview of the plasmonic effects and to introduce notations, conventions, and units of electrodynamics that are consistently used throughout the rest of the book.

Keywords:   classical electromagnetism, dielectric function, Drude theory, surface plasmon polaritons, localized surface plasmons, quasi-static approximation, Mie theory

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