Topological edge plasmon modes between diatomic chains of plasmonic nanoparticles

C. W. Ling, Meng Xiao, C. T. Chan, Siu Fung Yu, Kin Hung Fung (Corresponding Author)

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We study the topological edge plasmon modes between two "diatomic" chains of identical plasmonic nanoparticles. Zak phase for longitudinal plasmon modes in each chain is calculated analytically by solutions of macroscopic Maxwell's equations for particles in quasi-static dipole approximation. This approximation provides a direct analogy with the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model such that the eigenvalue is mapped to the frequency dependent inverse-polarizability of the nanoparticles. The edge state frequency is found to be the same as the single-particle resonance frequency, which is insensitive to the separation distances within a unit cell. Finally, full electrodynamic simulations with realistic parameters suggest that the edge plasmon mode can be realized through near-field optical spectroscopy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2021-2031
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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