https://doi.org/10.1051/epjam/2015011
Research Article
Effects of layer eccentricity on the superresonant states of active cylindrical coreshell nanoparticles
Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Ørsteds Plads, Bldg. 348, 2800
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
^{*} email: sar@elektro.dtu.dk
Received:
15
September
2015
Accepted:
8
November
2015
Published online: 23 December 2015
This work reports on the effects of layer eccentricity on the resonant properties of active cylindrical coreshell nanoparticles excited by a nearby exterior magnetic line source. The coreshell particles consist of a silver core layered with a silica shell. For a fixed overall radius of the nanoparticle equal to 30 nm, we investigate designs with relatively small (radius equal to 6 nm) and large (radius equal to 24 nm) silver cores and we quantify their performance characteristics in terms of the near and farfield properties. Our results show that the superresonances, known to exist in the concentric version of these nanoparticles, are significantly influenced by introducing eccentricity (through displacements of the silver core relative to the silica shell). In particular, their amplitude responses are found to diminish significantly for silver core displacements ≥ 3 nm for the small core case, and even for displacements ≥ 1 nm for the large core case. The present results are useful from the experimental point of view since slight displacements of the centers of the core and shell parts of the investigated nanoparticles are likely to occur in standard fabrication processes.
Key words: Plasmonics / Nanoparticles / Scattering / Gain / Eccentricity
© R.Ø. Thorsen and S. Arslanagić, Published by EDP Sciences, 2015
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1 Introduction
Recent years have witnessed a truly increased interest in passive and active nanoparticle (NP) systems, and the fascinating plethora of their applications within the emerging areas of nanophotonics including nanosensors and nanoantennas, lasers and spasers, as well as circuits and artificial material design at optical frequencies [1–9]. A very successful outcome of this research field was the demonstration that specific electrically small and active coated NPs, based on plasmonic and dielectric materials, may possess highly resonant properties making them useful for many of the above mentioned applications, particularly for the design of efficient nanosensors, antennas and amplifiers. This is because of the enhanced lightmatter interactions in these active NPs which physically are due to the surface plasmon resonances occurring at the interface between the plasmonic and dielectric parts of the NP.
Over the years, a great variety of NP shapes was investigated [1]. However, the most attention was devoted to the spherical designs and to some extent to the circular cylindrical designs as well. Spherical active coated NPs, consisting of a dielectric core impregnated with a canonical, constant frequency gain medium, layered with a plasmonic shell, were studied for potential nanolaser and directivity enhancement applications in [6, 10, 11], as well as for potential nanosensing applications [12]. Moreover, similar NPs were employed in the design of optical metamaterials [8], whereas artificial material designs utilizing more realistic spherical active NPs were reported in [9]. The fundamental properties of truncated cylindrical active NPs (nanorods) were examined in e.g., the works of [13, 14]. While most of the efforts were concentrated on the use of NPs under the plane wave applications, the effects of their excitation by localized radiation sources were examined recently in [15–17] for spherical as well as cylindrical coated NP configurations. This effectively allows one to study, e.g., the effects of the resonant coated NPs on the fluorescence of the nearby molecules which can be modelled as Hertzian dipole antennas. In particular, superresonant states have been identified in [16, 17] in active coated NPs. At these superresonant states, the plasmonic losses in the NP are fully overcome, and thus a very large enhancement of the power radiated by the nearby localized source is obtained.
The great majority of the works mentioned above in the area of active and passive coated NPs have examined the properties of the socalled concentric coated NPs, i.e., the centers of the two layers comprising the NP are coincident. However, from the experimental point of view, slight displacements of the centers of the different NP parts are likely to occur in standard fabrication processes. As a consequence, it is relevant to examine how such displacements will influence the superresonant states known to exist in the concentric active NPs.
The purpose of the present work is to extend the study in [17] of cylindrical active and concentric NPs to account for the influence of the eccentricity in such particles on their superresonant states. The eccentricity will be introduced by appropriate displacements of the core center, relative to the center of the surrounding shell. The core will be displaced along the various directions, by an amount of 1, 3, and 5 nm. The displacement of 1 nm is more likely to occur in a standard fabrication process then the 3 and 5 nm displacements. The latter would be displacements one introduces deliberately in the design. Nevertheless, for the sake of completeness and the systematic nature of the study of these effects, these larger displacements are also included in the present work. In all cases, the active NP configurations consist of a plasmonic (silver) core, covered by a dielectric (silica) shell, being excited by a nearby magnetic line source. The configuration is analyzed analytically employing the eigenfunction expansion technique in conjunction with the addition theorem for cylindrical wave functions and boundary conditions for the determination of the fields in various regions [18]. The developed analytical results will be implemented in Matlab, and further verified numerically though comparisons with the results obtained in Comsol Multiphysics. For a fixed overall size of the NP of radius equal to 30 nm, designs with small (radius of 6 nm) and large (radius of 24 nm) cores are analyzed in terms of their near and farfields, total power spectrum, as well as the power flow properties. Our results show that the superresonances in the concentric NPs are significantly influenced by displacements of the silver core relative to the silica shell, this being more the case for the largecore NP. In particular, the amplitude of these resonances is found to diminish significantly for silver core displacements ≥ 3 nm for the small core case, and even for displacements ≥ 1 nm for the large core case; in all cases, the decrease of the strength of the excited dominant mode is more profound for the largecore NP. We note that the present manuscript is a heavily extended version of a recent conference contribution [19]. In the present paper, a detailed account on the analytical solution and model are included, as are additional results for core displacements along the various directions accompanied with power spectrum and power flow density interpretations. In addition, it is useful to note that similar effects of core displacements were investigated recently for a more complicated threelayer NP where a few additional features, not present for the currently investigated twolayer NPs, were found to occur [20].
This paper is organized as follows. Section 2 presents the configuration of the eccentrically layered NP and outlines briefly the analytical method of its analysis. This section also summarized the specific material and geometric details related to the investigated configurations. Section 3 presents and discusses all of the obtained results. Finally, Section 4 includes the summary and conclusions of the work. Two appendixes are included in the present work. Appendix A includes a detailed account on the analytical solution of the problem at hand, and Appendix B includes a comparison between the analytical and numerical results that confirms the former. Throughout this work, the timefactor exp (jωt), with ω being the angular frequency and t being the time, is assumed and suppressed.
2 Configuration and methods of analysis
The nanoparticle (NP) configuration of the present interest consists on an inner plasmonic core (region 1), of radius a, coated eccentrically by a dielectric shell, region 2, of outer radius b, see Figure 1. The NP is located in freespace (region 3). The permittivity, permeability, and wavenumber of regions 1 and 2 are denoted by ε_{l}, μ_{l}, and , respectively, with l = 1, 2, whereas the corresponding parameters of region 3 are denoted by ε_{0}, μ_{0}, and , where λ is the wavelength. The NP is excited by an infinitely long magnetic line source (MLS) of current with magnitude I_{m} [V] located outside of the NP. Two Cartesian (x_{i}, y_{i}, z_{i}), and the associated cylindrical (ρ_{i}, ϕ_{i}, z_{i}), coordinate systems i = 1, 2 are introduced so that the origin of the i = 1 (i = 2) coordinate system coincides with the center of the dielectric shell (plasmonic core), and such that the z_{i}axes coincide with the respective axes of the NP. The coordinates of the MLS are (ρ_{s}, ϕ_{s}), while those of the observation point are (ρ_{1}, ϕ_{1}) outside the NP, and (ρ_{2}, ϕ_{2}) inside the NP. The eccentricity (the displacement of the plasmonic core from the center of the dielectric shell) is described by the radial distance d_{12} from the core and shell centers, and its angle ϕ_{12} with respect to the x_{1}axis, see Figure 1.
Figure 1.
The configuration of an eccentrically layered active coreshell nanoparticle excited by a nearby exterior MLS. 
In this work, an analytical solution is obtained for the problem illustrated in Figure 1. For the moment, we merely outline the main steps of this solution, and refer to Appendix A for the details of the solution. The solution is based on the eigenfunction expansion technique, and we adopt the approach outlined in [18]. The fields of the MLS, as well as the unknown fields due to the NP, are expanded in terms of cylindrical waves. Appropriate addition theorems for the radial functions are used to express the fields pertaining to a specific interface in the same coordinate system. This is required for the subsequent application of the boundary conditions, which then allows for the determination of the unknown expansion coefficients of the NP fields. Once the coefficients have been determined, the fields are known at all points of space; and they are used to determine a number of other quantities to quantify the performance of the investigated NP. These derived quantities will be introduced in the later sections of this work.
As to the specific NP configurations investigated here, we focus our attention on two NPs, each made of a silver (Ag) core and a silica (SiO_{2}) shell. For the first design, referred to as the smallcore design, we set a = 6 nm, b = 30 nm, while for the second design, referred to as the largecore design, we set a = 24 nm, b = 30 nm. Owing to the nanoscale size of the plasmonic core, the sizedependency effects of the silver permittivity have been taken into account [6]. In order to simulate an active NP, the gain is introduced in the silica shell region via its permittivity ε_{2} = ε_{0} (n − jκ) where is the refractive index of silica at the considered wavelengths, while the parameter κ < 0 represents the gain; a value of κ is to be found for which the silver core losses are overcome, and the superresonant states of the NP are identified.
In our investigations, attention is devoted to the influence of the eccentricity achieved through the core displacements relative to the surrounding shell. To this end, the eccentricity parameters d_{12} and ϕ_{12} are varied. In particular, the core displacements will be considered along the positive and negative xaxis (designated as x_{12} = ±d nm with x being the amount of displacement) and along the positive yaxis (designated as y_{12} = +d nm). In all cases, the MLS will be driven by a current of magnitude I_{m} = 1 V, and it will be located on the positive xaxis at ρ_{s} = 35 nm. A summary of the relevant parameters of the investigated NPs is found in Table 1.
Summary of material and geometric parameters of the two NP configurations.
3 Results and discussion
For the active concentric NPs, a superresonant state, where the NRR is maximized, occurs for κ = −1.271 at λ ≈ 223 nm (the smallcore NP), and for κ = −1.033 at λ ≈ 345 nm (the largecore NP). The resulting NRRs for these two concentric cases are around 55 dB for the smallcore NP, and around 65 dB for the largecore NP. To investigate the influence of the eccentricity, we next displace the core by an amount: x_{12} = ±(1, 3, 5) nm, and y_{12} = +(1, 3, 5) nm. Figures 2a–2c, show the NRR as a function of the wavelength λ for the smallcore NP, whereas Figures 2d–2f show the corresponding results for the largecore NP. The core displacements are indicated in the legends of the respective figures. In each of the figures, the results for the corresponding concentric NPs are included for reference purposes. Regardless of the core size, the core displacements introduce a very slight shift in the resonance towards the shorter wavelengths. More notably, however, the core displacements reduce the NRR values as compared to the values obtained in the concentric cases. This reduction is significantly more profound for the largecore NP than for the smallcore NP. Specifically, the NRR experiences a significant drop (around 20 dB) for the largecore NP even for displacements of 1 nm, whereas the corresponding drop for the smallcore NP is around 4 dB. Significant decrease of the NRR for the presently investigated smallcore NP is in evidence only for core displacements ≥ 3 nm, while the largecore NP is affected, even more significantly, already for displacements ≥ 1 nm. Moreover, whereas very similar results are obtained irrespective of the core displacement direction for the smallcore NP (a)–(c), some variation in the NRR is found for the largecore NP depending on the core displacement direction, as evidenced by the results in Figures 2d and 2e.
Figure 2.
NRR as a function of the wavelength λ for the smallcore NP (a)–(c), and the largecore NP (d)–(f) as a function of the eccentricity along ±x and ydirections indicated in the legends of the respective figures. The result for the reference, concentric NP is included in all cases. See the main text for further explanations. 
The behavior of the NRR in Figure 2 is next further examined through the considerations of the socalled normalized total power spectrum of the n’th mode. This quantity is the total power in the n = 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 mode, normalized by the total power contained in the dipole (n = 1) mode. These results are shown in Figure 3a for the smallcore NP, and in Figure 3b for the largecore NP. The results for the concentric as well as eccentric NPs, with core displacements of x_{12} = −(1, 3, 5) nm, are shown in the figures. In both concentric NP cases (red bars in Figure 3), it is clear that the dipole mode dominates the response of the NP. Thus the large corresponding values of the NRR reported in Figure 2 are due to the excitation of this strong dipole mode inside the respective NPs. The dipole mode dominance is somewhat more emphasized in the largecore NP than in the smallcore NP. As the core gets displaced by x_{12} = −1 nm (blue bars), x_{12} = −3 nm (green bars), and x_{12} = −5 nm (black bars), one finds that other modes start contributing more notably, although the dipole mode still dominates the response. The appearance of these additional modes with the increasing core displacements is more notable for the largecore NP than for the smallcore NP. To illustrate, whereas the n = 0 (monopole) and n = 2 (quadrupole) are down by more than 60 dB and 80 dB, respectively, relative to the dipole mode in the concentric largecore NP, they are down by less than 10 dB and 20 dB, respectively, for the eccentric, largecore NP with x_{12} = −5 nm, see Figure 3b. The relative increase of the strength of these modes in the corresponding eccentric smallcore NP is not as profound as can be clearly seen in Figure 3a. We note that similar results to those reported in Figure 3 are obtained for the core displacements along the positive x and y axes, and are therefore not included here.
Figure 3.
The total power spectrum of the nth mode, i.e., the total power in the n = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 modes, normalized by the total power in the dipole (n = 1) mode. The results in (a) apply for the smallcore NP, and the results in (b) apply for the largecore NP. The spectrum is shown for the concentric as well as eccentric cases; for the latter, the core displacements along the negative xaxis, x_{12} = −1, 3, and 5 nm, are considered. 
The fact that the NRR peaks in the concentric cases in Figure 2 is due to a strong dipole mode is further confirmed by the results in Figure 4, which shows the power flow density S = Re{E × H*}/2, with E (H) being the total electric (magnetic) field, and * (asterisk) denoting the complex conjugate. More specifically, the magnitude of the power flow density, 10log_{10}S, (with S normalized by 1 W/m^{2} prior to taking the logarithm) is shown in color, along with the direction of S, which is shown by arrows. Figures 4a–4c apply for the smallcore NP, while Figures 4d–4f apply for the largecore NP. The concentric cases are shown in Figures 4a and 4d, while the core displacement results for x_{12} = 5 nm are shown in Figures 4b and 4e, and those for the x_{12} = −5 nm case are shown in Figures 4c and 4f. The concentric cases show a clear and symmetric dipole power flow pattern with the magnitude of the response outside of the NP being notably larger for the largecore case. This is in perfect agreement with the larger NRR values obtained for this NP (65 dB) as compared to the smallcore NP (55 dB). Note, however, that the power flow density inside the smallcore NP is rather large in the active silica shell region close to the part of the surface of the Ag core that crosses the yaxis. As the eccentricity is introduced, the dominant mode is still a dipole mode, although it is rather asymmetric and is significantly decreased in strength. This is the reason for the reduced NRR values reported in Figure 2 for the eccentric NPs. It is also interesting to note how the power flow density inside the two NPs is very different from one another. In particular, apart from the overall dipolar response, as seen from the outside in both cases, the power flow for the smallcore NP shows an additional dipole mode inside the NP not found for the largecore NP. The rather small size of the Ag core makes it radiate as a dipole on its own. However, it is tightly bound to the surface of the core; and, therefore, it does not interact efficiently with the large active silica shell. This is also one of the reasons for the overall diminished responses in the smallcore cases relative to the largecore ones.
Figure 4.
The magnitude of the power flow density, 10log_{10}S, (color), and its direction (arrows) for smallcore NPs (a)–(c), and largecore NPs (d)–(f). The power flow density is shown for the concentric, (a) and (d), as well as eccentric, (b)–(c) and (e)–(f), cases. For the latter, the core displacements of x_{12} = 5 nm, are considered in (b) and (e), whereas x_{12} = −5 nm in (c) and (f). The results are shown in a square region of 90 × 90 nm^{2}. Curves illustrating the cylindrical surfaces of the NP are also shown. 
Our results have shown that the resonant modes excited in a concentric NP of a fixed overall size, but with relatively small and large silver cores covered with active silica shells, are significantly affected as the core gets slightly displaced. The influence was most notable for the largecore NPs, for which significant deterioration of the superresonant states was observed for core displacements as small as 1 nm.
We note conclusively that each of the eccentric cases studied above can be optimized by small adjustments of the gain parameter κ in order to more effectively excite their superresonant states and achieve much larger enhancements of their NRR values than in the above reported eccentric cases. Compared to the optimized concentric NPs, the magnitude of κ required to optimize the eccentric cases with the largest core displacement was found to increase for all largecore NPs, and for the vast majority of the investigated smallcore NPs.
4 Summary and conclusions
In this work, the influence of the layer eccentricity on the performance of active cylindrical nanoparticles excited by a nearby magnetic line source was investigated. The nanoparticles consisted of a silver core layered with an active silica shell. Our investigation was devoted to two specific nanoparticle geometries. Their overall radius was fixed to 30 nm, while the silver core radius was set to 6 nm, for the smallcore nanoparticle, and 24 nm, for the largecore nanoparticle. The gain medium was simulated with a canonical, constant frequency, gain model. The investigation was analytical in nature, and was further confirmed by the numerical results as obtained in Comsol Multiphysics. The quantities used to assess the performance of the investigated nanoparticles were the socalled normalized radiation resistance, total radiated power spectrum, nearfield distributions as well as the distributions of the power flow density inside and outside the nanoparticles.
Our analysis has shown that the superresonances, i.e., the large values of the normalized radiation resistance, known to exist in the concentric version of the investigated nanoparticles, are significantly influenced by slight displacements of the silver core. This was found to be most pronounced with the studied largecore nanoparticles, for which the amplitude responses of the superresonant states were found to diminish significantly for core displacements even as small as 1 nm. For the smallcore nanoparticle, the 1 nm displacement did not exert a large influence on its resonant properties; displacements on the order of 3 nm had to be introduced to significantly alter its resonance properties. In all cases, the wavelength at which the resonance is achieved was shifted only slightly towards shorter wavelengths. The deterioration in the strength of the superresonant states (and the associated normalized radiation resistance values) was further explained in terms of the total power spectrum and associated power flow density distributions. These results revealed that the dipole mode, which dominates the response in all cases, gets influenced more and more by an increased presence of a few additional modes (monopole and quadrupole) for the progressively larger core displacements.
We believe that the present results are useful from the experimental point of view since slight displacements of the centers of the core and shell parts of coreshell nanoparticles are likely to occur in standard fabrication processes. This is more realistic for core displacements of 1 nm. On the other hand, the larger core displacements, considered presently for the sake of completeness and the systematic nature of the study, would be those one deliberately introduces in the design in order to excite several other modes in such small nanoparticle configurations.
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Appendix A: Analytical solution
This appendix includes the details of the analytical solution pertaining to the NP configuration shown in Figure 1. The problem is solved by following the approach in [18] where plane wave scattering from an eccentric multilayered cylinder has been considered. In here, we specialize this approach to the presently investigated coreshell NP excited by a nearby MLS. The eigenfunction expansion technique is employed in conjunction with the addition theorem for radial cylindrical functions and boundary conditions to determine the fields in the various regions.
With reference to Figure 1, the MLS field (i.e., the known incident field) in region 3 reads(A1)in terms of the cylindrical wave originating at ρ _{1}. In equation (A1)the functions J _{ n } (·) and are the Bessel function and the Hankel function of the second kind, respectively, both of order n. The unknown scattered field in region 3 and the unknown total fields inside the NP are also expanded in terms of cylindrical wave functions and have the form(A2)with(A3)where l is the region number (l = 1, core; l = 2, shell; and l = 3, host), while and are the unknown expansion coefficients to be determined. The corresponding electric fields, not included in here, follow at once through the application of the MaxwellAmperes law E_{l} = ∇ × H_{l}/jωμ_{l}. The unknown expansion coefficients are obtained upon the application of the boundary conditions requiring the continuity of the tangential components of the total electric and magnetic fields at the two interfaces of the NP. For this to be practical at the interfaces ρ_{2} = b the fields in the shell region (initially expressed in terms of the i = 2 coordinate system) must be translated to the i = 1 coordinate system. This is accomplished through the use of the addition theorem for cylindrical wave functions of order n, see e.g., [21]. Thus, the application of the boundary conditions yields the following(A4a) (A4b)at the core interface, ρ_{2} = a, and(A5a) (A5b)at the outer interface, ρ_{1} = b, of the shell. The prime in the above equations denotes the derivate with respect to the entire argument of the function. In order to derive the unknown coefficients, we first use (A4a) and (A4b) to eliminate . By straightforward, but lengthy calculations, one obtains(A6)where(A7a) (A7b)
The result in (A6) can be written in the following matrix form(A8)where τ_{i,n} (i = 1, 2) is a diagonal matrix, and are vectors containing the expansion coefficients for all n, and 0 denotes the zero vector. In a more explicit form, the diagonal matrix τ_{i,n} reads(A9)where N is the truncation limit of the infinite expansions in (A1)–(A3).
Consider next the outer interface, ρ_{1} = b, of the shell. The results in (A5a) and (A5b) are used to eliminate , and by tedious manipulations, the resulting expression is simplified to yield(A10)where(A11a) (A11b) (A11c)
The matrix form of (A8) for the boundary at the outer interface is(A12)where ψ_{i,q,n} is a matrix, and χ_{q} a vector. In a more explicit form,(A13)
To implement the solution of these relations, it is convenient to write (A8) and (A12) as(A14)or, by use of (A9) and (A13), in the explicit form as(A15)
A more compact notation for the result in (A15) takes the form of(A16a)where M_{n} is the matrix containing the information about the cylindrical waves at the interfaces, Ψ_{n} is the vector containing the unknown expansion coefficients of the fields in region 2, while Λ_{n} is the excitation vector, which depends on the location of the MLS, as well as on the value of the cylindrical waves at the outer interface. The solution to (A16a) is given by(A16b)thereby determining the unknown expansion coefficients in the shell region. When these are known, the expansion coefficients in the core and outside the NP are obtained by solving (A4a) and (A5a), respectively, with the following result(A17a) (A17b)
Appendix B: Comparison of analytical and numerical representative results
The analytical results and their implementation were extensively validated by several means. First, the code developed in Matlab to treat the eccentrically layered NP in Figure 1 was used to reproduce successfully the known results for the corresponding concentric NPs considered previously in [17]. Moreover, the NP configuration in Figure 1 was analyzed numerically in Comsol Multiphysics to further validate the correctness of the developed analytical code. A few representative results from Comsol Multiphysics are compared below with our analytical results and demonstrate a perfect agreement between the two methods of analysis.
Figure A1 shows the NRR as a function of the wavelength λ for the smallcore (a) and largecore (b) NP. In both cases, the core is displaced along the positive xaxis by an amount equal to x_{12} = 5 nm. A perfect agreement is found between the analytical and numerical results throughout the investigated wavelength range. This comparison further confirms the correctness of the analytical results and the developed code.
Figure A1.
NRR as a function of the wavelength (λ) for the smallcore (a) and largecore (b) NP. In both cases, the core is displaced along the positive xaxis by an amount of x_{12} = 5 nm. Analytical (Matlab) and numerical (Comsol Multiphysics) results are compared. 
The magnetic fields corresponding to the NRR maxima in Figure A1 are shown in Figure A2. More specifically, the quantity 20log_{10}H [dB], with H being the total magnetic field normalized by 1 (A/m) prior to taking the logarithm, is shown in a square region of 90 × 90 nm^{2}. Curves illustrating the cylindrical surfaces of the NP are also shown. Figure A2 shows the field for the smallcore case as obtained by the analytical solution (a) and numerical solution (b); the corresponding largecore case is shown in Figure A2c and Figure A2d. For both core cases, an excellent agreement is found between the analytical and numerical results.
Figure A2.
The magnitude of the magnetic field, 20log_{10}H, for the smallcore NP (a) and (b), and the largecore NP (c) and (d). In both cases, the cores displaced along the positive xaxis by an amount equal to x_{12} = 5 nm. Analytical (Matlab) results are shown in (a) and (c), while numerical (Comsol Multiphysics) results are shown in (b) and (d). 
Cite this article as: Thorsen RØ & Arslanagić S: Effects of layer eccentricity on the superresonant states of active cylindrical coreshell nanoparticles. EPJ Appl. Metamat. 2015, 2, 7.
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Figure 1.
The configuration of an eccentrically layered active coreshell nanoparticle excited by a nearby exterior MLS. 

In the text 
Figure 2.
NRR as a function of the wavelength λ for the smallcore NP (a)–(c), and the largecore NP (d)–(f) as a function of the eccentricity along ±x and ydirections indicated in the legends of the respective figures. The result for the reference, concentric NP is included in all cases. See the main text for further explanations. 

In the text 
Figure 3.
The total power spectrum of the nth mode, i.e., the total power in the n = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 modes, normalized by the total power in the dipole (n = 1) mode. The results in (a) apply for the smallcore NP, and the results in (b) apply for the largecore NP. The spectrum is shown for the concentric as well as eccentric cases; for the latter, the core displacements along the negative xaxis, x_{12} = −1, 3, and 5 nm, are considered. 

In the text 
Figure 4.
The magnitude of the power flow density, 10log_{10}S, (color), and its direction (arrows) for smallcore NPs (a)–(c), and largecore NPs (d)–(f). The power flow density is shown for the concentric, (a) and (d), as well as eccentric, (b)–(c) and (e)–(f), cases. For the latter, the core displacements of x_{12} = 5 nm, are considered in (b) and (e), whereas x_{12} = −5 nm in (c) and (f). The results are shown in a square region of 90 × 90 nm^{2}. Curves illustrating the cylindrical surfaces of the NP are also shown. 

In the text 
Figure A1.
NRR as a function of the wavelength (λ) for the smallcore (a) and largecore (b) NP. In both cases, the core is displaced along the positive xaxis by an amount of x_{12} = 5 nm. Analytical (Matlab) and numerical (Comsol Multiphysics) results are compared. 

In the text 
Figure A2.
The magnitude of the magnetic field, 20log_{10}H, for the smallcore NP (a) and (b), and the largecore NP (c) and (d). In both cases, the cores displaced along the positive xaxis by an amount equal to x_{12} = 5 nm. Analytical (Matlab) results are shown in (a) and (c), while numerical (Comsol Multiphysics) results are shown in (b) and (d). 

In the text 