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High-Pressure Effect on the Optical Extinction of a Single Gold Nanoparticle

M. Hettich
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R. Rouxel
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Sylvain Hermelin
A. T. Dias
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F. Legrand
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P. Maioli
A. Crut
F. Vallee
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N. del Fatti


When reducing the size of a material from bulk down to nanoscale, the enhanced surface-to-volume ratio and the presence of interfaces make the properties of nano-objects very sensitive not only to confinement effects but also to their local environment. In the optical domain, the latter dependence can be exploited to tune the plasmonic response of metal nanoparticles by controlling their surroundings, notably applying high pressures. To date, only a few optical absorption experiments have demonstrated this feasibility, on ensembles of metal nanoparticles in a diamond anvil cell. Here, we report a nontrivial combination between a spatial modulation spectroscopy microscope and an ultraflat diamond anvil cell, allowing us to quantitatively investigate the high-pressure optical extinction spectrum of an individual nano-object. A large tuning of the surface plasmon resonance of a gold nanobipyramid is experimentally demonstrated up to 10 GPa, in quantitative agreement with finite-element simulations and an analytical model disentangling the impact of metal and local environment dielectric modifications. High-pressure optical characterizations of single nanoparticles allow for the accurate investigation and modeling of size, strain, and environment effects on physical properties of nano-objects and also enable fine-tuned applications in nanocomposites, nanoelectromechanical systems, or nanosensing devices.
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hal-02290287 , version 1 (17-09-2019)



F. Medeghini, M. Hettich, R. Rouxel, Silvio D. Silva Santos, Sylvain Hermelin, et al.. High-Pressure Effect on the Optical Extinction of a Single Gold Nanoparticle. ACS Nano, 2018, 12 (10), pp.10310-10316. ⟨10.1021/acsnano.8b05539⟩. ⟨hal-02290287⟩
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