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Course module: 202200047
Course info
Course module202200047
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. C.A. Nijhuis
dr. Q. Lin
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. C.A. Nijhuis
prof.dr. C.A. Nijhuis
prof.dr. W.L. Vos
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedure-
Registration using OSIRISYes
After completion of this course the student is able to;
Contributes to Intended Learning Outcomes;
- Explain the basics of nanophotonics and plasmonics, and apply these to practical situations in nanoelectronics and sensing. 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.5, 4.1, 5.2, 5.3
- Show fundamental and practical insights in the basic properties of nanostructures used in nanophotonics and plasmonics 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.5, 4.1, 5.2, 5.3
- Interpret essential observations on elementary scatterers and plasmonics 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.5, 4.1, 5.2, 5.3
- Select a plasmonic device that is suited for a particular application 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1

In this course in MSc Applied Physics, we will discuss the properties of plasmonic materials in the context of nanophotonics and nanoelectronics. The basis of light interactions with metals will be discussed from where surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) will be introduced.  Various methods of SPP excitation (optical and electrical excitation) and out coupling, and imaging methods to characterize SPP will be discussed.  Next, localized surface plasmons will be introduced, including the concept of field enhancement from plasmonic coupling between multiple nanostructures. We will also cover the basic chemistry involved with nanoparticle synthesis and fabrication. We will discuss manipulation of plasmons and give an overview of plasmon propagation,  plasmonic waveguiding, plasmonic focusing, and plasmonic modes in (nano)gaps. Then we will move towards applications and discuss radiation through apertures (diffraction) and extra-ordinary transmission, followed by enhancements of emissive processes which is particularly important in sensing with emphasis SERS and refractive index sensing. After an overview of the basics of quantum mechanical tunneling junctions, the various types of (molecular) tunnel junctions will be introduced and how geometry, size and shape go hand-in-hand with their plasmonic and electronic properties. Next, we discuss in detail how such structures are used for various applications including single-molecule sensing or catalysis via plasmonic hot electron generation.
Assessment type
  • Assignment(s)
  • Practical and report
  • Presentation(s)
Assessment description

Assessment consists of three items: homework/assignment (“Opdracht(en)” and “Tussentijdse toetsen”, 60%), practical and report (“Practicum”, 25%), and presentation (“Presentatie”, 15%).
In the homework, students are given 2 rounds for marking. In round 1, students may fail in some answers, but they are encouraged to schedule Q&A meeting with lecturers, to discuss and improve answers for round 2. A grade of 5.5 is required from homework to enter the practical and presentation. The practical and presentations thus have to be scheduled at the end of the course.     
In the practical, students will get training to make plasmonic structures, and measure the images/spectra. In the presentations, students choose one research paper relevant to the course’s subject (plasmonic cavities, plasmonic catalysis, SERS, or plasmonic junctions) to present and critically assess it.
Participating study
Master Applied Physics
Required materials
Plasmonics: Fundamentals and Applications, by Stefan A. Maier. ISBN: 978-0387-33150-8
Chapter Antenna-Coupled Tunnel Junctions, Quantum Plasmonics by Markus Parzefall, Palash Bharadwaj and Lukas Novotny. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-45820-5_10
Recommended materials
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