Correlated Single-Nanoparticle Calculations and Measurements

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In  Chap. 1, it was stated that the purpose of science is to describe the phenomena of nature. In this chapter, the question of how well can one correlate computational modeling with experiments at the nanoscale is addressed. In order to do this, experimental single-nanoparticle data (both optical responses and structural information) must be available [3, 4, 5], and a completely correlated computation and measurement must be made. This can be done by using structural information from experimental high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) measurements (which can resolve subnanometer features and has ∼10,000 times higher magnification capabilities than optical microscopy) in an FDTD simulation, which can then be compared with experimental LSPR spectroscopy measurements of the same nanoparticle. (In addition, three-dimensional and internal crystallographic structural information can be obtained by using HRTEM via various techniques, such as electron energy loss spectroscopy and diffraction.)


Localize Surface Plasmon Resonance Wavelength Peak Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy Dielectric Data FDTD Simulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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