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Plasmonic trapping with realistic dipole nanoantennas: Analysis of the detection limit

We use numerical simulations based on the surface integral technique to study the detection limit of plasmonic trapping with realistic dipole antennas. The induced plasmon resonance shift due to the coupling between an antenna and a nanoparticle is studied for different antennas geometries, different positions, sizes, and materials for the trapped nanoparticle. The shift of the antenna resonance is found to be linear with the near-field intensity enhancement caused by the antenna and further dependents on the volume and refractive index of the trapped nanoparticle. Detection limit of 5 nm for plasmonic particles and 6.5 nm for high index dielectrics is reported.

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