Size dependence of complex refractive index function of growing nanoparticles
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The evidence of the change of the complex refractive index function E(m) of carbon and iron nanoparticles as a function of their size was found from two-color time-resolved laser-induced incandescence (TiRe-LII) measurements. Growing carbon particles were observed from acetylene pyrolysis behind a shock wave and iron particles were synthesized by pulse Kr–F excimer laser photo-dissociation of Fe(CO)5. The magnitudes of refractive index function were found through the fitting of two independently measured values of particle heat up temperature, determined by two-color pyrometry and from the known energy of the laser pulse and the E(m) variation. Small carbon particles of about 1–14 nm in diameter had a low value of E(m)∼0.05–0.07, which tends to increase up to a value of 0.2–0.25 during particle growth up to 20 nm. Similar behavior for iron particles resulted in E(m) rise from ∼0.1 for particles 1–3 nm in diameter up to ∼0.2 for particles >12 nm in diameter.
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