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Femtosecond laser reshaping yields gold nanorods with ultranarrow surface plasmon resonances

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Science  03 Nov 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6363, pp. 640-644
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8478

Laser-shaping nanoparticles

For many applications of the plasmon resonances of metal nanoparticles, it is necessary to have narrow resonance lines. However, most methods for synthesizing nanoparticles create a distribution of sizes and shapes that broaden the resonance lines. González-Rubio et al. annealed gold nanorods dispersed in an aqueous solution of a surfactant with carefully tuned ultrafast (femtosecond) laser pulses. This approach reshaped the nanoparticles to create a near-uniform distribution with resonance lines nearly as sharp as for a single nanorod.

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