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Metaparticles: Dressing nano-objects with a hyperbolic coating

Wang, Pan; Krasavin, Alexey V.; Viscomi, Francesco N.; Adawi, Ali M.; Bouillard, Jean-Sebastien G.; Zhang, Lei; Roth, Diane J.; Tong, Limin; Zayats, Anatoly V.


Pan Wang

Alexey V. Krasavin

Francesco N. Viscomi

Lei Zhang

Diane J. Roth

Limin Tong

Anatoly V. Zayats


The ability to engineer the optical response of a plasmonic nano‐object is highly desired to achieve better control over light–matter interactions. Due to the sensitivity of plasmon resonances to the surrounding media, isotropic dielectric coating is an easy approach to modify the optical properties of a plasmonic nanostructure. However, the choice of coatings and the provided tunability is limited by the range of refractive indices of available materials. Here, it is shown that coating of plasmonic nano‐objects with an anisotropic metamaterial, which displays a hyperbolic dispersion and allows the design of refractive index on demand, provides greater flexibility in engineering their interaction with light. This is experimentally demonstrated by coating Au nanospheres with alternating SiO2 and Au multishells. This creates rich and highly tunable plasmonic modes covering a broad wavelength range (≈400–2200 nm) and produces high local field intensity enhancement (≈500‐fold). The concept is extended to hyperbolic coating of dielectric nano‐objects, confirming the nature of the modes to be related to the resonances in the hyperbolic layer. The implemented approach using a coating with an engineered effective refractive index may find applications in plasmon‐enhanced spectroscopy, nanolasers, design of nonlinear phenomena, photothermal conversions, and hot‐electron generation.


Wang, P., Krasavin, A. V., Viscomi, F. N., Adawi, A. M., Bouillard, J. G., Zhang, L., …Zayats, A. V. (2018). Metaparticles: Dressing nano-objects with a hyperbolic coating. Laser and Photonics Reviews, 12(11), 1800179.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 17, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 2, 2018
Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 3, 2019
Journal Laser & Photonics Reviews
Print ISSN 1863-8880
Electronic ISSN 1863-8899
Publisher Wiley-VCH Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 11
Pages 1800179
Keywords coating; hyperbolic metamaterials; metaparticles; multishells; plasmonics
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