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Acoustic Mode Hybridization in a Single Dimer of Gold Nanoparticles


The acoustic vibrations of single monomers and dimers of gold nanoparticles were investigated by measuring for the first time their ultra-low frequency micro-Raman scattering. This experiment provides access not only to the frequency of the detected vibrational modes, but also to their damping rate, which is obscured by inhomogeneous effects in measurements on ensembles of nano-objects. This allows a detailed analysis of the mechanical coupling occurring between two close nanoparticles (mediated by the polymer surrounding them) in the dimer case. Such coupling induces the hybridization of the vibrational modes of each nanoparticle, leading to the appearance in the Raman spectra of two ultra-low frequency modes corresponding to the out-of-phase longitudinal and transverse (with respect to the dimer axis) quasi-translations of the nanoparticles. Additionally, it is also shown to shift the frequency of the quadrupolar modes of the nanoparticles. Experimental results are interpreted using finite-element simulations, which enable the unambiguous identification of the detected modes and, despite the simplifications made, lead to a reasonable reproduction of their measured frequencies and quality factors. The demonstrated feasibility of low frequency Raman scattering experiments on single nano-objects opens up new possibilities to improve the understanding of nanoscale vibrations, this technique being complementary with single nano-object time-resolved spectroscopy as it gives access to different vibrational modes.
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hal-02107164 , version 1 (12-01-2024)



Adrien Girard, Hélène Gehan, Alain Mermet, Jean Lermé, Alice Berthelot, et al.. Acoustic Mode Hybridization in a Single Dimer of Gold Nanoparticles. Nano Letters, 2018, 18 (6), pp.3800-3806. ⟨10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b01072⟩. ⟨hal-02107164⟩
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