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A numerical study on dependent absorption and scattering by interacting nano-sized particles

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2009
Dönmezer, Fatma Nazlı
Understanding and manipulating nanosized particles is crucial for the advancement of nanotechnology research. Dependent light scattering of noble metals can be used to achieve new material responses that can be used in different applications. Dependent light scattering of nanoparticles allows the understanding of orientation and location of closely positioned particles. Besides, dependently scattering metallic particles create significantly enhanced near fields and high absorption rates when excited at their plasmon resonance. It is used for spectrally selective heating and melting of nanosized particles as a nanomanufacturing method. With numerical methods dependent scattering properties of particles can be obtained. In this study, the dependent optical absorption efficiencies of metallic nanoparticles are obtained with the newly developed Integrated Poynting Vector Approach (IPVA). This is used in conjunction with a numerical light scattering solution tool DDSCAT. Results indicate that IPVA and DDSCAT together can be used for the estimation of scattering and absorption of nanoparticles affected by the near field of other particles in their close vicinity. The method is suggested to be suitable for the understanding of physical mechanisms behind dependent scattering prior to experiments that require lots of effort and resources.