Probing mid-infrared plasmon resonances in extended radial fractal structures

G. Q. Wallace, D. M. McRae and F. Lagugné-Labarthet

Optics Letters 44, 3865 (2019)
Infrared (IR) antennas made of metallic nanostructures are widely tunable from the near- to the far-IR range. They can be utilized for a variety of applications such as light harvesting and photonic filters, and their structural linear or circular anisotropy can be exploited to further enhance the sensitivity of spectroscopic measurements. Here gold dendritic fractal structures that were optimized to exhibit multiple resonances in the mid-IR range were characterized using a scattering-type scanning near-field optical IR microscope. The spatially resolved IR maps associated with the individual modes serve as a basis to understand the mode evolution between each fractal generation.