Plasmon-Modulated Photoluminescence of Single Gold Nanobeams

Albert Wan, Tao Wang, Tingting Yin, Anran Lo, Hailong Hu, Shuzhou Li, Ze Xiang Shen, Christian A. Nijhuis*

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In this work, we investigate the modulation of the photoluminescence (PL) of a single Au nanobeam (NB) by the surface plasmons of a Ag nanowire (NW) and the gap plasmons between the two nanostructures. By changing the polarization of the laser that excites the nanostructure and controlling the separation distance d between the two nanostructures, we found that the transverse surface plasmon resonance of the Ag NW enhanced the PL (at 520 nm) of the Au NB with a maximum effect at d = 7 nm. The PL enhancement (at 520 nm) was quenched and a new PL peak was observed at a longer wavelength for d < 7 nm. The PL quenching effect could be understood by the quadrupole-like plasmonic resonance between the Ag NW and the Au NB and be qualitatively explained by the mode dispersion as a function of d obtained using the transfer matrix transmittance calculation. FDTD simulations show that the new PL peak at a longer wavelength is caused by the waveguide-mode gap plasmons between the Au NB and the Ag NW.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1348-1354
JournalACS photonics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • gold photoluminescence
  • surface plasmon
  • gap plasmon
  • gold nanobeam nanoskiving
  • silver nanowires
  • photoluminescence enhancement


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