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Degree Name

Master of Science


Physics and Applied Physics

First Advisor

Dexian Ye


Theoretical and experimental plasmonics is a growing field as a method to create near fields at sub-wavelength distances. In this thesis, a finite-difference time-domain method is used to simulate electromagnetic waves onto a thin film that present of nickel nanorods with sharp apexes. The absorbed, transmitted, and reflected fields were shown to depend linearly on silver film thickness and nanotip length. The electric field is visualized along the tip to show strong charge density along the base of the tip’s apex and how that density changes for wavelength, metal, and source tilt. Lastly, the study shows gold film on the nanotip apex provides the largest enhancement of the electric field for the wavelengths 532, 572, and 633 nm.


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May 2012

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