Publications [#269894] of David R. Smith

Papers Published
  1. Mock, JJ; Oldenburg, SJ; Smith, DR; Schultz, DA; Schultz, S, Composite Plasmon Resonant Nanowires, Nano Letters, vol. 2 no. 5 (2002), pp. 465-469 [nl0255247], [doi] .

    We present an experimental study of the polarization-dependent scattering of light from homogeneous and multisegment silver, gold, and nickel nanowires. The metallic nanowires are prepared within a polycarbonate membrane template by a combination of electroplating (gold and nickel) and electroless (silver) growth processes. The size range of the nanowire segments is such that surface plasmon resonances are supported, dominating the optical spectra. We characterize the light scattering properties of individual composite nanowires using an optical microscope configured for single particle spectroscopy. Because of the scattering efficiency associated with the plasmon resonance, very narrow (∼30 nm diameter) nanowires can be readily observed under white-light illumination, with the spectral characteristics of each subsection easily distinguishable. Because of their compactness, these simply prepared multiisegment plasmon resonant nanowires are capable of hosting a large number of segment sequences over a comparatively small spatial range, suggesting their possible application as unique nanolabels in biological assays.