Theory of Photo-Thermal Effects for Plasmonic Nanocrystals and Assemblies

  • Eva Yazmin SantiagoEmail author
  • Larousse Khosravi Khorashad
  • Alexander O. Govorov
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)


In this chapter we use various theories and equations to describe the photothermal properties of different plasmonic structures when being excited by an incident electromagnetic wave. These equations are based on Maxwell equations and the heat transfer equations. Although the solution to these equations are very challenging or impossible to obtain for most structures, this chapter provides an efficient first approximation that is suitable for many recurrent systems with various applications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Yazmin Santiago
    • 1
    Email author
  • Larousse Khosravi Khorashad
    • 2
  • Alexander O. Govorov
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  3. 3.Department of Physics and AstronomyOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  4. 4.Institute of Fundamental and Frontier SciencesUniversity of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChengduChina

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