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This consistent and systematic review of recent advances in optical antenna theory and practice brings together leading experts in the fields of electrical engineering, nano-optics and nano-photonics, physical chemistry and nanofabrication. Fundamental concepts and functionalities relevant to optical antennas are explained, together with key principles for optical antenna modelling, design and characterisation. Recognising the tremendous potential of this technology, practical applications are also outlined. Presenting a clear translation of the concepts of radio antenna design, near-field optics and field-enhanced spectroscopy into optical antennas, this interdisciplinary book is an indispensable resource for researchers and graduate students in engineering, optics and photonics, physics and chemistry.
Table of Contents
From near-field optics to optical antennas
Optical antenna theory, design and applications
Impedance of a nanoantenna
Where high-frequency engineering advances optics: active nanoparticles as nanoantennas
Optical antennas for field-enhanced spectroscopy
Directionality, polarization and enhancement by optical antennas
Antennas, quantum optics and near-field microscopy
Nonlinear optical antennas
Coherent control of nano-optical excitations
Modeling, Design and Characterization
Computational electrodynamics for optical antennas
First-principles simulations of near-field effects
Field distribution near optical antennas at the subnanometer scale
Fabrication and optical characterization of nanoantennas
Probing and imaging of optical nanoantennas with PEEM
Fabrication, characterization and applications of optical antenna arrays
Novel fabrication methods for optical antennas
Plasmodic properties of colloidal clusters: towards new nanomaterials and optical circuits
Optical antennas for information technology and energy harvesting
Nanoantennas for refractive-index sensing
Nanoimaging with optical antennas
Aperture optical antennas
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