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Issue 12, 2010
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Influence of surface plasmon resonance on the emission intermittency of photoluminescence from gold nano-sea-urchins

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Abstract

The effect of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) on the blinking emission of photoluminescence from noble metal nanostructures still requires further investigation in quantum mechanics and limits their applications. We investigate one photon luminescent emission intermittency of noble metal nanostructures with differently sized sea-urchin-shaped nanoparticles, known as nano-sea-urchins (NSUs). The probability of the “on” process in one photon luminescent emission intermittency of NSUs increases due to the strong electric field of SPR. This mechanism is explained by the reaction potential threshold model we propose here. Furthermore, the ameliorated photoluminescence of NSUs is strong enough to excite waterweed bioluminescence and can act as an in vivo bio-light emitting device, which has potential applications in cytotoxicity, bio-imaging and bio-labeling.

Graphical abstract: Influence of surface plasmon resonance on the emission intermittency of photoluminescence from gold nano-sea-urchins

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The article was received on 18 May 2010, accepted on 09 Aug 2010 and first published on 22 Oct 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00330A
Citation: Nanoscale, 2010,2, 2639-2646
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    Influence of surface plasmon resonance on the emission intermittency of photoluminescence from gold nano-sea-urchins

    Y. H. Su, S. Tu, S. Tseng, Y. Chang, S. Chang and W. Zhang, Nanoscale, 2010, 2, 2639
    DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00330A

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