Rainbow radiating single-crystal Ag nanowire nanoantenna

Taejoon Kang, Wonjun Choi, Ilsun Yoon, Hyoban Lee, Min Kyo Seo, Q. Han Park, Bongsoo Kim

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Optical antennas interface an object with optical radiation and boost the absorption and emission of light by the objects through the antenna modes. It has been much desired to enhance both excitation and emission processes of the quantum emitters as well as to interface multiwavelength channels for many nano-optical applications. Here we report the experimental implementation of an optical antenna operating in the full visible range via surface plasmon currents induced in a defect-free single-crystalline Ag nanowire (NW). With its atomically flat surface, the long Ag NW reliably establishes multiple plasmonic resonances and produces a unique rainbow antenna radiation in the Fresnel region. Detailed antenna radiation properties, such as radiating near-field patterns and polarization states, were experimentally examined and precisely analyzed by numerical simulations and antenna theory. The multiresonant Ag NW nanoantenna will find superb applications in nano-optical spectroscopy, high-resolution nanoimaging, photovoltaics, and nonlinear signal conversion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2331-2336
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 9


  • Antenna
  • nanowires
  • silver
  • single-crystal
  • surface plasmon polariton

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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