Introducing cobalt as a potential plasmonic candidate combining optical and magnetic functionalities within the same nanostructure†
The control of magnetic properties at the nanoscale is a current topic of intense research. It was shown that combining both magnetic and plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) led to the improvement of their magneto-optical signal. In this context, common strategies consist of the design of bimetallic NPs. However, the understanding of the physics leading to the coupling between magnetic and plasmonic NPs is lacking, preventing any significant progress for the development of future photonic devices. In this article, we propose to focus our attention on an efficient and commonly used magnetic metal, cobalt, and evaluate its plasmonic properties at the nanoscale through the use of NP regular arrays, as a potential candidate combining both optical and magnetic functionalities within the same metal. We show that such NPs display plasmonic properties within a large spectral range from the UV to the NIR spectral range, with efficient quality factors, when the inter-particle distance is properly selected. These as-fabricated simple materials could find applications in integrated photonic devices for telecommunications.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Advances in Plasmonics and Its Applications