Chiral Nanophotonics: Chiral Optical Properties of Plasmonic Systems

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Springer, Nov 11, 2016 - Technology & Engineering - 159 pages

This book describes the physics behind the optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures focusing on chiral aspects. It explains in detail how the geometry determines chiral near-fields and how to tailor their shape and strength. Electromagnetic fields with strong optical chirality interact strongly with chiral molecules and, therefore, can be used for enhancing the sensitivity of chiroptical spectroscopy techniques. Besides a short review of the latest results in the field of plasmonically enhanced enantiomer discrimination, this book introduces the concept of chiral plasmonic near-field sources for enhanced chiroptical spectroscopy. The discussion of the fundamental properties of these light sources provides the theoretical basis for further optimizations and is of interest for researchers at the intersection of nano-optics, plasmonics and stereochemistry.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Chirality in Nature and Science
5
3 Chiroptical Spectroscopy
43
4 Chiral Properties of Light
61
5 Enhancement of Chiral Fields by Geometrically Chiral Structures
77
6 Chiral Fields of Macroscopically Achiral Arrangements
87
7 Formation of Chiral Fields Near Symmetric Structures
101
8 Chiral Eigenmodes of Geometrically Chiral Structures
115
9 Comparison of Different Chiral Plasmonic NearField Sources
137
Appendix A Units of Circular Dichroism
141
Appendix B Details of the Simulations
145
Appendix C Volume Rendering with POVRay
150
Index
155
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Martin Schäferling studied Physics and Computer Science in Münster. He was awarded for the best interdisciplinary diploma thesis in 2010. During his PhD in the group of Harald Giessen in Stuttgart, he investigated theoretical aspects of chiral plasmonics with a strong focus on tailored chiral near-fields. After he obtained his PhD in 2015, he joined the group of Thomas Weiss in Stuttgart, where he is currently working on advanced numerical and semi-analytical methods to study hybrid chiral plasmonic systems.