The spectra of optical absorption and of magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) have been measured in the 350–1150 nm wavelength range for a set of colloidal solutions containing Au and Ag nanoparticles. The average size of Au nanoparticles was 6 nm and having thiolate coatings with different degrees of chirality. (The average size of Ag nanoparticles was 14 nm and having citrate coatings) The form of absorption and MCD spectra suggests the dipole character of interband transitions involving the 5d–6(sp) for Au orbitals and 4d–5(sp) for Ag orbitals. The absence (within the experimental error) of the MCD spectra dependence on the coating type rules out the hypothesis on the orbital nature of the observed magnetism. We argue that the spin polarization plays the dominant role in the magnetism both for Au and Ag nanoparticles. When you are citing the document, use the following link http://essuir.sumdu.edu.ua/handle/123456789/3534
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