Plasmonics is a relatively young, yet vibrant field of research with, so far, many promises and unfortunately, few applications. Click here for a meta-review of how the field is growing or here for a summary of major concerns.

Here are some of my contributions to that field:

struct1“Gold spiky nanodumbbells: anisotropy in gold nanostars”, Sergey M. Novikov, Ana Sánchez-Iglesias, Mikołaj K. Schmidt, Andrey Chuvilin, Javier Aizpurua, Marek Grzelczak, and Luis M. Liz-Marzán, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization doi: 10.1002/ppsc.201300257 (2013).
here we analyze the response of the so-called spiky nanodumbells prepared by ingenious chemists from the group of Prof. Liz-Marzan in biomaGUNE, San Sebastian.

“Energy transfer in peridinin chlorophyll protein metallic nanoparticle hybrid nanostructure: effect of spatial arrangement”, Mikołaj Schmidt, and Sebastian Mackowski, Acta Physica Polonica A 122, 307 (2012).
here we try to assess the role of plasmonic nanoparticles in the enhancement of the resonant energy transfer between molecules.

Fig2“Control of single emitter radiation by polarization- and position-dependent activation of dark antenna modes”, Mikołaj K. Schmidt, Sebastian Mackowski, and Javier Aizpurua, Optics Letters 37, 1017-1019 (2012).
here we discuss how dipolar electric emitters can couple to the high-order dark antenna modes of plasmonic nanorods and nanowires.


As interesting as it is as a standalone discipline, plasmonics has also found applications in #spectroscopy and as a platform for #quantum_optics.

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