Effective medium models for metal-dielectric composites: An analysis based on the spectral density theory

Jordi Sancho-Parramon (Lead / Corresponding author), Salvador Bosch, Amin Abdolvand, Alexander Podlipensky, Gerhard Seifert, Heinrich Graene

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    We study different effective medium theories for describing the optical behaviour of composites consisting of spherical metallic inclusions embedded in a dielectric matrix. The analysis is performed according to the Bergman spectral density theory. This theory establishes that any effective medium model has an integral representation in terms of a function (the spectral density) that depends on the geometry of the two-phase mixture and is independent of the optical constants of the composing materials. We review classical effective medium theories (Maxwell-Garnett and Bruggeman models) according to their spectral density. Furthermore, numerical simulations based in recent works allow studying the influence of different geometric parameters in the spectral density and compare the results with the classical theories.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number596320
    Pages (from-to)556-566
    Number of pages11
    JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2005
    EventAdvances in Optical Thin Films II - Jena, Germany
    Duration: 13 Sept 200515 Sept 2005


    • Effective medium
    • Metal-dielectric composites
    • Spectral density theory
    • Surface plasmon resonance

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Applied Mathematics


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