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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 17 — Aug. 23, 2004
  • pp: 4035–4040

Controllable precipitation and dissolution of silver nanoparticles in ultrafast laser pulses irradiated Ag+-doped phosphate glass

Quan-Zhong Zhao, Jian-Rong Qiu, Xiong-Wei Jiang, Chong-Jun Zhao, and Cong-Shan Zhu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 17, pp. 4035-4040 (2004)

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We report a controllable process of precipitation and dissolution of silver nanoparticles in ultrashort laser pulses irradiated Ag+-doped phosphate glass. Absorption spectra, transmission electron microscopy and refractive index measurement revealed that metallic silver nanoparticles were precipitated in the glass sample after irradiation by an 800-nm femtosecond laser and subsequent annealing at 300°C, and dissolved after further annealing at 450°C. We discuss a mechanism that combines the formation and decoloration of color centers, precipitation and dissolution of silver nanoparticles.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials

ToC Category:
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Original Manuscript: July 13, 2004
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 2004
Published: August 23, 2004

Quan-Zhong Zhao, Jian-Rong Qiu, Xiong-Wei Jiang, Chong-Jun Zhao, and Cong-Shan Zhu, "Controllable precipitation and dissolution of silver nanoparticles in ultrafast laser pulses irradiated Ag+-doped phosphate glass," Opt. Express 12, 4035-4040 (2004)

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