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Chiral Nanophotonics

Chiral Optical Properties of Plasmonic Systems

  • Leads to intuitive understanding of the difference between geometrical chirality and chiral responses

  • Delivers a systematic study and comparison of different types of plasmonic nanostructures leads to a fundamental understanding of the chiral near-field response

  • Shows theoretically how chiral near-fields can be used for enantiomer discrimination


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 205)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Martin Schäferling
    Pages 1-4
  3. Martin Schäferling
    Pages 5-42
  4. Martin Schäferling
    Pages 43-60
  5. Martin Schäferling
    Pages 61-75
  6. Martin Schäferling
    Pages 101-114
  7. Martin Schäferling
    Pages 115-136
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 141-159

About this book


This book describes the physics behind the optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures focusing on chiral aspects. It explains in detail how the geometry determines chiral near-fields and how to tailor their shape and strength. Electromagnetic fields with strong optical chirality interact strongly with chiral molecules and, therefore, can be used for enhancing the sensitivity of chiroptical spectroscopy techniques. Besides a short review of the latest results in the field of plasmonically enhanced enantiomer discrimination, this book introduces the concept of chiral plasmonic near-field sources for enhanced chiroptical spectroscopy. The discussion of the fundamental properties of these light sources provides the theoretical basis for further optimizations and is of interest for researchers at the intersection of nano-optics, plasmonics and stereochemistry.  


optical chirality near-field optics optical sensing chiroptical spectroscopy techniques optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures chiral plasmonic near-field sources Chirality in Plasmonic Nanostructures stereochemistry plasmonically enhanced sensitivity chiral design

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.4th Physics InstituteUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

About the authors

Martin Schäferling studied Physics and Computer Science in Münster. He was awarded for the best interdisciplinary diploma thesis in 2010. During his PhD in the group of Harald Giessen in Stuttgart, he investigated theoretical aspects of chiral plasmonics with a strong focus on tailored chiral near-fields. After he obtained his PhD in 2015, he joined the group of Thomas Weiss in Stuttgart, where he is currently working on advanced numerical and semi-analytical methods to study hybrid chiral plasmonic systems.  

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