Imperial College London

Professor David W. McComb

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Adjunct Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 6750d.mccomb Website




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Chatterjee, S and Ricciardi, L and Deitz, JI and Williams, REA and McComb, DW and Strangi, G},
doi = {10.1039/c9na00301k},
journal = {Nanoscale Advances},
pages = {2690--2698},
title = {Manipulating acoustic and plasmonic modes in gold nanostars},
url = {},
volume = {1},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - © 2019 The Royal Society of Chemistry. In this contribution experimental evidence of plasmonic edge modes and acoustic breathing modes in gold nanostars (AuNSs) is reported. AuNSs are synthesized by a surfactant-free, one-step wet-chemistry method. Optical extinction measurements of AuNSs confirm the presence of localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs), while electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) using a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) shows the spatial distribution of LSPRs and reveals the presence of acoustic breathing modes. Plasmonic hot-spots generated at the pinnacle of the sharp spikes, due to the optically active dipolar edge mode, allow significant intensity enhancement of local fields and hot-electron injection, and are thus useful for size detection of small protein molecules. The breathing modes observed away from the apices of the nanostars are identified as stimulated dark modes-they have an acoustic nature-and likely originate from the confinement of the surface plasmon by the geometrical boundaries of a nanostructure. The presence of both types of modes is verified by numerical simulations. Both these modes offer the possibility of designing nanoplasmonic antennas based on AuNSs, which can provide information on both mass and polarizability of biomolecules using a two-step molecular detection process.
AU - Chatterjee,S
AU - Ricciardi,L
AU - Deitz,JI
AU - Williams,REA
AU - McComb,DW
AU - Strangi,G
DO - 10.1039/c9na00301k
EP - 2698
PY - 2019///
SP - 2690
TI - Manipulating acoustic and plasmonic modes in gold nanostars
T2 - Nanoscale Advances
UR -
VL - 1
ER -