Theory of surface plasmons and surface-plasmon polaritons

Reports on Progress in Physics (Impact Factor: 13.23). 11/2006; DOI:10.1088/0034-4885/70/1/R01
Source: arXiv

ABSTRACT Collective electronic excitations at metal surfaces are well known to play a key role in a wide spectrum of science, ranging from physics and materials science to biology. Here we focus on a theoretical description of the many-body dynamical electronic response of solids, which underlines the existence of various collective electronic excitations at metal surfaces, such as the conventional surface plasmon, multipole plasmons, and the recently predicted acoustic surface plasmon. We also review existing calculations, experimental measurements, and applications. Comment: 54 pages, 33 figures, to appear in Rep. Prog. Phys

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