Influence of SiO2layer on the dielectric function of gold nanoparticles on Si substrate

S. Zhu, T. P. Chen, Y. C. Liu, Y. Liu, Siu Fung Yu

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The dielectric functions of gold nanoparticle (Au NP) self-assembled on Si substrates without and with a SiO2layer (3, 10 and 30 nm in thickness) have been examined. For Au NP on Si substrate without a SiO2layer, a splitting in surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band in the imaginary part of the dielectric function2is observed, i.e., besides the typical SPR peak at ∼2 eV, a pronounced peak at ∼1 eV emerges, which is due to the hot spot, that is, a narrow gap between the Au NP and the mirror image. The splitting in the SPR band is greatly suppressed for the 3 nm SiO2layer and disappears for the 10 nm and 30 nm SiO2layers, showing that the resonant intensity from the hot spot rapidly attenuates with the gap distance. In addition, the SiO2layer also has significant influence on the interband transitions of Au NP. These observations are discussed in terms of the image charge effect and the formation of the percolated conductive Au layer on the SiO2layer.
Original languageEnglish
JournalElectrochemical and Solid-State Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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