Abstract

We investigate four types of gold nanoantennae (the monopole, the dipole, the cone-shaped, and the cone-bowtie antenna), under a fixed working wavelength. The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations show that the near-field enhancement values do not increase monotonously when the antennae sizes decrease, and optimization conditions vary with the antenna shapes. We also propose a distributed dipole ring model to analytically calculate the near field. The size condition for the strongest enhancement is the compromising result of the total radiated energy and the near-field distribution factor. Assuming the cone-bowtie antenna is the best for high enhancement, the maximum potential in near-field enhancement is 2×105 for a linear signal or 4×1010 for typical nonlinear signals.

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