Plasmonic Metamaterial Absorbers from Dense Gold Nanoparticle Stacks

Sheldon Hewlett, Adam Mock

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Gold nanoparticle solutions were used to make highly absorbing, dense nanoparticle stacks (DNpS) using a simple and inexpensive solution cast method. UV-Vis spectroscopy and reflection measurements were used to characterize absorption. The critical nanoparticle number necessary to obtain maximal absorption was determined for each sample. DNpS metamaterials made from 18- and 44-nm-diameter particles exhibited broadband absorbances above 80 %, with the highest absorption of 95 % at 532 nm. The experimental absorption results agree well with finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) modeling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-425
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


  • Disordered plasmonics
  • Gold
  • Metamaterial absorbers


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