Title

Photothermal response enhancement in heterogeneous plasmon-resonant nanoparticle trimers

Authors

Authors

S. Toroghi;P. G. Kik

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Phys. Rev. B

Keywords

GOLD NANOPARTICLES; METALLIC NANOPARTICLE; VAPOR GENERATION; PARTICLES; THERAPY; LIGHT; NANOANTENNA; NANOBUBBLES; COLLOIDS; CELLS; Physics, Condensed Matter

Abstract

The optical response of heterogeneous plasmonic trimer structures composed of a silver nanoparticle dimer and a central gold nanoparticle is investigated analytically and numerically. The plasmon resonance of the silver dimer is controlled through near-field coupling, resulting in plasmon resonance frequency matching of the silver dimer and gold monomer. This coupling condition makes it possible to increase the energy dissipation per unit volume in the gold particle by over two orders of magnitude compared to a single-particle system. It is predicted that pulsed illumination of a trimer consisting of two 80-nm-diameter silver particles and a 10-nm-diameter central gold particle can raise the gold particle temperature by 100 K using a pump fluence as low as 20 nJ/mm(2) at a wavelength of 530 nm. This finding may have practical applications in photothermal therapy, fast thermal nonlinear optical modulation, and could enable new fundamental thermal studies at picosecond time scales.

Journal Title

Physical Review B

Volume

90

Issue/Number

20

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

6

WOS Identifier

WOS:000345466000010

ISSN

1098-0121

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