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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 15 — Jul. 18, 2011
  • pp: 14726–14734

Photothermal reshaping of gold nanoparticles in a plasmonic absorber

Jing Wang, Yiting Chen, Xi Chen, Jiaming Hao, Min Yan, and Min Qiu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 15, pp. 14726-14734 (2011)

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We experimentally demonstrate that a metamaterial nanostructure can have a localized heating response owing to plasmonic resonances in the near-infrared wavelength range (from 1.5 to 2µm). With a broadband nanosecond-pulse light, the temperature of composing gold particles in the nanostructure can be easily increased to over 900K within only several nanoseconds, resulting in re-shaping of the particles. The photothermal effect is elaborated with finite-element based numerical simulations. The absorption resonance can in principle be tailored with a great freedom by choosing appropriate metamaterial parameters. The light-induced heating in an artificial metamaterial can be potentially used for all-optical acute temperature tuning in a micro-environment, which may open new frontiers especially in nanotechnology and biotechnology.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

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Original Manuscript: May 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 8, 2011
Published: July 15, 2011

Jing Wang, Yiting Chen, Xi Chen, Jiaming Hao, Min Yan, and Min Qiu, "Photothermal reshaping of gold nanoparticles in a plasmonic absorber," Opt. Express 19, 14726-14734 (2011)

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