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Photochemical Synthesis and Multiphoton Luminescence of Monodisperse Silver Nanocrystals

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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.

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This work was supported by the National Science Foundation, Grant ECS-0088438. J.T.F. is a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. T.K. is a Beckman Scholar and thanks the Hahn-Meitner Institute for a Summer Student Fellowship. We thank Michael Hilgendorff for assistance with some of the TEM measurements reported here.

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Kempa, T., Farrer, R.A., Giersig, M. et al. Photochemical Synthesis and Multiphoton Luminescence of Monodisperse Silver Nanocrystals. Plasmonics 1, 45–51 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11468-006-9008-5

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Key words

  • Silver nanoparticle
  • Photochemical synthesis
  • Multiphoton absorption
  • Luminescence