Metal nanoparticles interact strongly with light due to a resonant response of their free electrons. These ‘plasmon’ resonances appear as very strong extinction and scattering for particular wavelengths, and result in high enhancements of the local field compared to the incident electric field. In this chapter we introduce the reader to the optical properties of single plasmon particles as well as finite clusters and periodic lattices, and discuss several applications.

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Publisher Heidelberg: Springer
Editor C. de Mello Donegá
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-44823-6_3
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Zijlstra, P, Orrit, M, & Koenderink, A.F. (2014). Metal Nanoparticles for Microscopy and Spectroscopy. In C de Mello Donegá (Ed.), Nanoparticles : Workhorses of Nanoscience (pp. 53–98). Heidelberg: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-44823-6_3