Local energy deposition of aluminum nanoparticles (Al NPs) by localized surface plasmon resonance-enhanced photothermal effects is demonstrated. Low-power light stimuli are efficiently and locally concentrated to trigger the oxidation reactions of Al NPs because of the large ohmic absorption and high reactivity of the Al. Numerical simulations show that both ultraviolet and visible light are more efficient than infrared light for photothermal energy coupling. The natural oxidation layer of alumina is found to have minimum impact on the energy deposition because of its negligible dielectric losses. The near-field distributions of the electric field indicate that slight aggregation induces much higher local enhancement, especially at the interface region of multiple contacting nanoparticles.
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We acknowledge encouragement and support from AFOSR program officer Dr. Chiping Li. The work at the University of Tennessee Knoxville was also supported by NSF CBET-1032523. Funding is also provided by the Air Force Research Laboratory under Contract No. FA8650-12-C-2200. Zhili Zhang was partially supported by an ASEE Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship. This manuscript has been cleared for public release (No. 88ABW-2012-6209).
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Chong, X., Jiang, N., Zhang, Z. et al. Plasmonic resonance-enhanced local photothermal energy deposition by aluminum nanoparticles. J Nanopart Res 15, 1678 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11051-013-1678-2
- Aluminum nanoparticles
- Energy deposition