We demonstrate coherent control over the optical response of a coupled plasmonic resonator by high-energy electron beam excitation. We spatially control the position of an electron beam on a gold dolmen and record the cathodoluminescence and electron energy loss spectra. By selective coherent excitation of the dolmen elements in the near field, we are able to manipulate modal amplitudes of bonding and antibonding eigenmodes. We employ a combination of CL and EELS to gain detailed insight in the power dissipation of these modes at the nanoscale as CL selectively probes the radiative response and EELS probes the combined effect of Ohmic dissipation and radiation.

Nano Lett.
Photonic Materials

Coenen, T., Schoen, D. T., Mann, S., Rodriguez, S., Brenny, B., Polman, A., & Brongersma, M. (2015). Nanoscale spatial coherent control over the modal excitation of a coupled plasmonic resonator system. Nano Lett., 15(11), 7666–7670. doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b03614