G5 Doctoral dissertation (article)
Optical properties of metal clusters and cluster arrangements (2020)

Selenius, E. (2020). Optical properties of metal clusters and cluster arrangements [Doctoral dissertation]. Jyväskylän yliopisto. JYU dissertations, 326. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-8433-5

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Selenius, Elli

eISBN: 978-951-39-8433-5

Journal or series: JYU dissertations

eISSN: 2489-9003

Publication year: 2020

Number in series: 326

Number of pages in the book: 1 verkkoaineisto (60 sivua, 48 sivua useina numerointijaksoina, 11 numeroimatonta sivua)

Publisher: Jyväskylän yliopisto

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-8433-5

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel


Metal clusters are nanoparticles that have from two to thousands of metal atoms. The properties of metal clusters are extremely size-dependent, and adding or removing even one atom can make a difference. The optical response of clusters is influenced by their composition, shape, size, charge, and environment. This tunability makes metal clusters and cluster arrangements ideal candidates for several applications ranging from cancer imaging and treatment to photovoltaic devices. Especially clusters with plasmons, strong collective excitations of the valence electrons, are of interest. In this thesis, the plasmon resonance in metal clusters and cluster arrangements is investigated computationally. The density functional theory and the simple jellium model are employed to study the principles of the plasmon resonance from the electronic perspective. The evolution of the localized surface plasmon resonance is followed in clusters with 8–138 valence electrons. The coupling of plasmons of the individual clusters is observed for dimers and larger cluster assemblies. The emergence of charge transfer plasmons at low energies is observed for systems with conductive linking or sufficiently small inter-cluster separation. Several tools, such as transitions contribution maps and visualization of the induced density are used to analyze the features which make an absorption peak plasmonic, and to distinguish different types of plasmons. A new quantitative index is developed to study the charge transfer nature of excitations, helping in the identification of the charge transfer plasmons. The detailed analysis of the optical excitations in these model systems can help to interpret the absorption spectra of more complex, real cluster systems.

Keywords: nanoparticles; clusters; plasmonics; plasmons; surface plasmons; optical properties; absorption; density functional theory

Free keywords: metal clusters; jellium; plasmons; density functional theory; optical absorption; electronic structure

Contributing organizations

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

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