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, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 45-51

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Photochemical Synthesis and Multiphoton Luminescence of Monodisperse Silver Nanocrystals

  • Thomas KempaAffiliated withEugene F. Merkert Chemistry Center, Boston College
  • , Richard A. FarrerAffiliated withEugene F. Merkert Chemistry Center, Boston College
  • , Michael GiersigAffiliated withDepartment of Nanoparticle Technology, Center of Advanced European Studies and Research
  • , John T. FourkasAffiliated withEugene F. Merkert Chemistry Center, Boston CollegeDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland Email author 

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A rapid, photochemical solution-phase synthesis has been developed for the production of monodisperse, nanometer-sized silver particles. The stabilizer used in the synthesis can be used to control the average diameter of the particles over a range from 1 to 7 nm. The same reaction mixture can also be employed to deposit patterns of nanoparticles with a laser via multiphoton absorption. The particles exhibit strong multiphoton absorption-induced luminescence when irradiated with 800-nm light, allowing emission from single nanoparticles to be observed readily.

Key words

Silver nanoparticle Photochemical synthesis Multiphoton absorption Luminescence