Properties of phase-coherent energy shuttling on the nanoscale

Roi Baer*, Kenneth Lopata, Daniel Neuhauser

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Recently, the possibility of transporting electromagnetic energy as local-plasmon-polariton waves along arrays of silver nanoparticles was demonstrated experimentally [S. A. Maier, Nat. Mater. 2, 229 (2003)]. It was shown that dipole coupling facilitates phase-coherent excitation waves, which propagate while competing against decoherence effects occurring within each dot. In this article the authors study the ideal coherent shuttling in such a system, leaving decoherence for future investigation. In the weak field limit, the waves obey a Schrödinger equation, to be solved using either time-dependent wave-packet or energy resolved scattering techniques. The authors study some dynamical characteristics of these waves, emphasizing intuition and insight. Scattering from barriers, longitudinal-transverse coupling and acceleration methods are studied in detail. The authors also discuss briefly two-dimensional arrays and a simple decoherence model.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number014705
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007

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Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge support of the USA-Israel Binational Science Foundation and the NSF.


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