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Optical gap and optically active intragap defects in cubic BN

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Studies on the optical properties of cubic BN are generally hindered by the very high density of crystal defects. Thus, the precise value of its optical gap is still debated, with large discrepancies between reported theoretical and experimental estimated values. In this study we addressed open questions of the cubic BN optics by employing high spatially resolved spectroscopy techniques to the highest-quality samples available and combining these observations with state-of-the-art quasiparticle calculations.

Phys. Rev. B 98, 094106 (2018)

Random surface plasmon eigenmodes revealed

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Surface Plasmon (SP) eigenmodes of single metallic nanoparticles have spatial and spectral features which depend on the shape of the nanoparticle. For simple shapes, these properties follow clear trends with the size, constitutive material and dielectric environment of the nanoparticle which are now well-known. However, the situation is far more complex in disordered, or random metal-dielectric systems. A simple example of disordered medium is a semicontinuous metal film, obtained naturally when depositing some metal onto a dielectric substrate. Very broadband strong absorption features have been reported in semicontinuous metal films around the percolation threshold. Simple theoretical models related them to light induced randomly dispersed very intense electric fields named Hot Spots (HS). These HS were predicted to show peculiar properties, namely, a strong confinement, a random position over the substrate, and a strongly broadband character. Read more »

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Tararan, A., et al. Optical gap and optically active intragap defects in cubic BN. Physical Review B 982121, (2018). Download: PhysRevB.98.094106.pdf (2.16 MB)
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Nelayah, J., et al. Two-Dimensional Quasistatic Stationary Short Range Surface Plasmons in Flat Nanoprisms. Nano Letters 10, 902–907 (2010). Download: Nano Lett. 2010 Nelayah.pdf (2.58 MB)
Arenal, R., et al. Optical gap measurements on individual boron nitride nanotubes by electron energy loss spectroscopy. Microscopy And Microanalysis 14, 274–282 (2008).
Nelayah, J., et al. Mapping surface plasmons on a single metallic nanoparticle. Nature Physics 3, 348–353 (2007). Download: Nat Phys 2007 Nelayah.pdf (676.34 KB)
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