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Tuning the chiro-plasmonic response using high refractive index-dielectric templates

TitleTuning the chiro-plasmonic response using high refractive index-dielectric templates
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsNair, G, Singh, HJohnson, Ghosh, A
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C

Chiral metamaterials have recently gained attention due to their applicability in developing polarization devices and in the detection of chiral molecules. A common approach towards fabricating plasmonic chiral nanostructures has been decorating metallic nanoparticles on dielectric chiral scaffolds, such as a helix. This resulted in the generation of a large chiro-optical response over a wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum. It has been shown previously that the optical tunability of these chiral metamaterials depends on the geometrical aspects of the overall structure, as well as the nature of the plasmonic constituents. In this study, we have investigated the role of the underlying dielectric scaffold with numerical simulations, and experimentally demonstrated that it is possible to enhance and engineer their chiro-plasmonic response significantly by choosing dielectric scaffolds of appropriate materials.