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A Permittivity of aluminium

  1. Sep 27, 2017 #1
    Consider a metal such as Al.
    How do we look up or determine the relative permittivity of the metal?

    Suppose we have some known incident frequency, say about c/500nm for visible light.
    We can look up the bulk plasma frequency (3.7 PHz for Al), can it be calculated from that?

    For context, what I want to calculate is the desired hole diameter and geometry as a function of the desired filter centre wavelength, in a nanoscale plasmonic hole-grid structure like this.


    We know the metal thickness, want to design the appropriate hole spacing and diameter, know the metal chosen, and know the permittivity of the substrate (glass etc) material.
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  3. Sep 27, 2017 #2
    It has been a while since I touched the topic of dielectrics. But as far as I recall, the relative permittivity of a metal is essentially infinite. It is finite, however, for an insulator/semiconductor.
  4. Sep 27, 2017 #3
    I think there are some papers reporting measurements on the dielectric response of aluminum as a function of frequency.
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  5. Nov 6, 2017 #4


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    Not in the optical region.
  6. Nov 19, 2017 #5


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    That's true only at DC. At non-zero frequency, the permittivity is finite, see for example http://muri.lci.kent.edu/References/NIM_Papers/Permittivity/1983_Ordal_optical.pdf

    If I remember correctly (it has been many years ago) you can get permittivity numbers from ellipsometry measurements.
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