Luminescence Enhancement from Silica-Coated Gold Nanoparticle Agglomerates Following Multi-photon Excitation
2011 (English)In: Journal of Fluorescence, ISSN 1053-0509, E-ISSN 1573-4994, Vol. 21, no 1, 257-264 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Multi-photon absorption induced luminescence (MAIL) from bare gold nanoparticles, silica-coated particles, as well as silica-coated agglomerated gold nanoparticles suspended in aqueous solution was studied by using time-resolved and steady-state luminescence spectroscopy. The nanoparticles were excited by femtosecond pulses of wavelengths ranging from 630 nm to 900 nm. The luminescence from the particles exhibits a broad spectrum in the UV and VIS region. The time-resolved measurements indicate a luminescence lifetime of a few ps, limited by the response of the experimental system. The studied dependence of the MAIL efficiency on the excitation wavelength showed that the luminescence from silica-coated agglomerates was enhanced over the whole range of excitation wavelengths, when compared to the luminescence from individual gold nanoparticles. The agglomerates show an almost excitation wavelength independent efficiency of the MAIL, while for individual nanoparticles a rapid decrease of the MAIL efficiency was observed with increasing excitation wavelength. The observed enhancement of the MAIL from the agglomerated nanostructures can be attributed to the presence of localized surface plasmon resonances in the spectral region corresponding to the excitation wavelengths. The high MAIL efficiency from the agglomerated nanoparticle structures in the near-infrared could be an advantage in the expanding field of luminescence-based-imaging, as well as in biosensor technology.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 21, no 1, 257-264 p.
Surface plasmon, Time-resolved ps detection, Extinction spectra, UV-VIS-NIR
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-157478DOI: 10.1007/s10895-010-0713-2ISI: 000286943500029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-157478DiVA: diva2:436007