Plasmonic Resonances of Metal Nanoparticles: Atomistic vs. Continuum Approaches
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Original versionFrontiers in Chemistry. 2020, 8 . 10.3389/fchem.2020.00340
The fully atomistic model, ωFQ, based on textbook concepts (Drude theory, electrostatics, quantum tunneling) and recently developed by some of the present authors in Nanoscale, 11, 6004-6015 is applied to the calculation of the optical properties of complex Na, Ag, and Au nanostructures. In ωFQ, each atom of the nanostructures is endowed with an electric charge that can vary according to the external electric field. The electric conductivity between nearest atoms is modeled by adopting the Drude model, which is reformulated in terms of electric charges. Quantum tunneling effects are considered by letting the dielectric response of the system arise from atom-atom conductivity. ωFQ is challenged to reproduce the optical response of metal nanoparticles of different sizes and shapes, and its performance is compared with continuum Boundary Element Method (BEM) calculations.