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Plasmonic nanoparticle scattering for color holograms.



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Montelongo, Yunuen 
Tenorio-Pearl, Jaime Oscar 
Zhang, Shuang 
Milne, William Ireland 


This work presents an original approach to create holograms based on the optical scattering of plasmonic nanoparticles. By analogy to the diffraction produced by the scattering of atoms in X-ray crystallography, we show that plasmonic nanoparticles can produce a wave-front reconstruction when they are sampled on a diffractive plane. By applying this method, all of the scattering characteristics of the nanoparticles are transferred to the reconstructed field. Hence, we demonstrate that a narrow-band reconstruction can be achieved for direct white light illumination on an array of plasmonic nanoparticles. Furthermore, multicolor capabilities are shown with minimal cross-talk by multiplexing different plasmonic nanoparticles at subwavelength distances. The holograms were fabricated from a single subwavelength thin film of silver and demonstrate that the total amount of binary information stored in the plane can exceed the limits of diffraction and that this wavelength modulation can be detected optically in the far field.



holography, nanotechnology, optics, Art, Color, Holography, Methylmethacrylate, Nanoparticles, Paint, Scattering, Radiation, Silicon Dioxide, Silver, Surface Plasmon Resonance, X-Ray Diffraction

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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
EPSRC (1241027)
Y.M. and J.O.T.-P. would like to acknowledge financial support from the Cambridge Overseas Trust and the Mexican National Council on Science and Technology (CONACyT). C.W. acknowledges EPSRC Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems CDT for its support. We also acknowledge Andrea Cabrero and Tim Butler for their help and support in this work.