We demonstrate an all-optical thermo-plasmonic effect to switch/modulate the surface plasmon resonance signal intensity excited at the metal-air interface. This optically addressed thermo-plasmonic measurement scheme is suitable to amplify very small changes in the complex dielectric constant () of thin gold (Au) film, induced by the laser. The predominant contributions due to small but highly repeatable transient photo-thermal effects in the complex metal dielectric constant is confirmed to be the reason behind the highly reproducible all-optical thermo-plasmonic device performance presented here.
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