Broadband Absorbing Exciton-Plasmon Metafluids with Narrow Transparency Windows

Jihua Yang, Nicolaas J. Kramer, Katelyn S. Schramke, Lance M. Wheeler, Lucas V. Besteiro, Christopher J. Hogan, Alexander O. Govorov, Uwe R. Kortshagen

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Optical metafluids that consist of colloidal solutions of plasmonic and/or excitonic nanomaterials may play important roles as functional working fluids or as means for producing solid metamaterial coatings. The concept of a metafluid employed here is based on the picture that a single ballistic photon, propagating through the metafluid, interacts with a large collection of specifically designed optically active nanocrystals. We demonstrate water-based metafluids that act as broadband electromagnetic absorbers in a spectral range of 200-3300 nm and feature a tunable narrow (∼100 nm) transparency window in the visible-to-near-infrared region. To define this transparency window, we employ plasmonic gold nanorods. We utilize excitonic boron-doped silicon nanocrystals as opaque optical absorbers ("optical wall") in the UV and blue-green range of the spectrum. Water itself acts as an opaque "wall" in the near-infrared to infrared. We explore the limits of the concept of a "simple" metafluid by computationally testing and validating the effective medium approach based on the Beer-Lambert law. According to our simulations and experiments, particle aggregation and the associated decay of the window effect are one example of the failure of the simple metafluid concept due to strong interparticle interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1472-1477
Number of pages6
JournalNano letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 10 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was a part of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program grant. It was primarily supported by the Army Office of Research under MURI Grant W911NF-12-1-0407. Part of this work was carried out in the College of Science and Engineering Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota, which has received capital equipment funding from the NSF through the UMN MRSEC program under Award Number DMR-1420013. L.V.B. and A.O.G. also thank the Volkswagen Foundation for its support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 American Chemical Society.


  • Colloidal boron-doped silicon nanocrystals
  • exciton-plasmon metafluid
  • gold nanorods
  • transparency window

MRSEC Support

  • Shared

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.


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