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Bleaching of sol-gel glass film with embedded gold nanoparticles by thermal poling

By Francesco P. Mezzapesa, Isabel C.S. Carvalho, Peter G. Kazansky, Mitsuhiro Kawazu and Koichi Sakaguchi


Gold clusters embedded in glass are expected to be hard to dissolve in the form of ions since gold is essentially a nonreactive metal. In spite of that, bleaching of Au-doped nanocomposite sol-gel glass film on a soda-lime glass substrate is demonstrated in which electric-field thermal poling is employed to effectively dissolve randomly distributed gold nanoparticles (15 nm in diameter) embedded in a low conductivity sol-gel glass film with a volume filling factor as small as 2.3%. The surface plasmon absorption band at 520 nm is suppressed in the region covered by the anodic electrode. The phenomenon is explained by the ionization of the gold nanoparticles and the redistribution of gold ions in the glass matrix due to the action of the extremely high electrostatic field locally developed during poling

Topics: TK, QC
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:46940
Provided by: e-Prints Soton

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