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Damping of the localized surface plasmon polariton resonance of gold nanoparticles

F. Hubenthal, C. Hendrich, F. Träger

First Online: 01 June 2010

Abstract

We report on a strong damping of the localized surface plasmon polariton resonance of gold nanoparticles. The ultra-fast dephasing time of localized surface plasmon polariton resonances in gold nanoparticles was systematically studied as a function of the particle size at a fixed photon energy of hν=1.85 eV. Dephasing times ranging from Texp2T2exp = 5.5 fs to 15.0 fs were extracted and an influence of the reduced dimensions was detected. We have identified two dominant damping mechanisms: the well-known surface scattering and, for the first time, band structure changes. We have quantified the influence of these band structure changes on the optical properties by determining the essential damping parameter A to be Aexp=0.32 nm/fs.

© Springer-Verlag 2010


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