Sidebands in the light absorption of driven metallic nanoparticles

G. Weick, G.-L. Ingold, D. Weinmann und R. A. Jalabert

Eur. Phys. J. D 44, 359–366 (2007) DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2007-00197-2

The dynamics of the surface plasmon in laser-driven metallic nanoparticles is described by means of a master-equation formalism. Within the Markov approximation, the dynamics is studied for different regimes ranging from weak excitation in photoabsorption experiments to strong excitation in pump-probe spectroscopy. It is shown that two collective levels are sufficient to describe the dynamics of the surface plasmon. On this basis, we predict the appearance of sidebands in the absorption spectrum of the probe laser field in pump-probe experiments.