Plasmonics is the field of research dealing with the coupling of electromagnetic radiation with charge carriers at the interface of a dielectric and a charge containing material. The optical properties of metallic nanostructures are particularly fascinating when the material structures approach the size of the free electron wavelength. In this fascinating regime, novel physical properties are at play depending on the material and geometrical characteristics of the sample.
In this context numerical simulations are particularly important as a predictive tool and as a means to interpret measurement results. In this project we will use the commercially available Maxwell solver, CST Studio, in order to simulate the far field and near field behaviour of several plasmonic related systems. This work will be placed in close collaboration with the rest of the ellipsometry group and with the experiments.
Keywords: Maxwell solver, numerical simulation, plasmonics