Synthesis and optical properties of hybrid and alloy plasmonic nanoparticles

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Journal Article
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Chemical Reviews, 2011, 111 (6), pp. 3713 - 3735
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2011-06-08
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Synthesis and optical properties of hybrid and alloy plasmonic nanoparticles hybrid systems that display a plasmon resonance in the visible or near-visible regions of the spectrum are studied. In the hybrid system, also called passive metallo-dielectric hybrids, the functionalities of the parts remain reasonably independent. The optical properties of these structures are explained by the properties of the individual parts, except for some bathochromic shifting of the plasmon resonance of the metallic component due to the increase in local dielectric constant due to the other component. Metal-metal hybrids and their closely related alloyed nanoparticles exhibit more complex behavior. The plasmon resonance or resonances of the parts can be enhanced, shifted, or suppressed. In the case of core-shell particles, the dielectric properties of the shell material will dominate above some modest thickness, and in the limit, the result is as if the hybrid was composed throughout of the shell material.
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