Shape and size dependence of the surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles studied by Photoacoustic technique
Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Abbsssia Cairo, Egypt
2 NILES, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
3 Department of Physics and Mathematics, Faculty of Engineering, Zagazig University (Shoubra), Cairo, Egypt
We report on the optical absorption properties of as prepared gold naoparticles of different shapes and sizes measured by photoacoustic (PA) method. The gold nanoparticles of two different shapes (dots, rods) have been prepared using the seed mediated growth method. The shape and the size of these different nanoparticles were determined by STM measurements. PA spectra show the splitting of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) into two modes (transverse and longitudinal) in case of gold nanorods. The increase in the aspect ratio of the nanorods leads to clear redshifts of the longitudinal SPR. These shifts were used to determine the dielectric constant of the surrounding medium and its variation with the aspect ratios.
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