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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 17 — Aug. 13, 2012
  • pp: 19214–19225

Anomalously-large photo-induced magnetic response of metallic nanocolloids in aqueous solution using a solar simulator

N. D. Singh, M. Moocarme, B. Edelstein, N. Punnoose, and L. T. Vuong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 17, pp. 19214-19225 (2012)

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We experimentally, analytically, and numerically demonstrate the nonlinear photo-induced plasmon-assisted magnetic response that occurs with metallic nanoparticles in aqueous solution. We measure the scattered spectra from solutions of gold nanospheres (10−7 fill factor) and observe appreciable changes when simultaneously applying DC magnetic fields and illuminating samples with light. The magnetic response is achieved using light from a solar simulator at unprecedented low illumination intensities (< 1W/cm2) and is sustained when the magnetic field is removed. Distinctly different behavior is observed depending on the circular-polarization handedness given a fixed magnetic field. Nanoparticle aggregation is more likely to occur when the circular-polarization trajectory opposes the solenoid current that produces the magnetic field. Using Mie’s theoretical solution, we show how vortex orbital surface currents lead to an increased and anisotropic electrical conductivity, which shifts the scattered spectra in agreement with experimental results. The single-nanoparticle plasmon-induced magnetization, which couples the scattered and incident electric fields, changes sign with orthogonal circular-polarization handedness.

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(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: May 2, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 2012
Published: August 8, 2012

N. D. Singh, M. Moocarme, B. Edelstein, N. Punnoose, and L. T. Vuong, "Anomalously-large photo-induced magnetic response of metallic nanocolloids in aqueous solution using a solar simulator," Opt. Express 20, 19214-19225 (2012)

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