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Size dependence of magneto-optical activity in silver nanoparticles with dimensions between 10 and 60 nm studied by MCD spectroscopy

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Size-dependent magneto-optical activity in Ag nanoparticles with dimensions from 10 to 60 nm is demonstrated with magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopy. The Ag nanoparticles are prepared on the basis of a seeded-growth strategy using sodium citrate and/or tannic acid as reducing agents in aqueous solution. The obtained nanoparticles are roughly spherical, but those larger than ∼28 nm have a slight diversity of shapes with quasi-spherical polyhedrons. They exhibit a derivative-like MCD response in the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) region, which originates from two circular modes of surface magnetoplasmons. With an increase in the nanoparticle diameter, the bisignated MCD signal is strongly distorted and weakened. Such a distortion for large-sized Ag nanoparticles can be phenomenologically simulated on the basis of both spectral inhomogeneity and MCD signal lobe asymmetry. Then the maximum value of MCD amplitude (MCDmax), which is obtained by normalization of the amplitude to the LSPR peak absorbance, first increases with increasing particle diameter and then decreases with a maximum for the 23 nm nanoparticle. Interestingly, the MCDmax values are inversely correlated with the spectral bandwidth of LSPR extinction. This behaviour is discussed from a viewpoint of inhomogeneous effects of both spectral and size/shape distributions. We believe the present results will advance the design and application of optical devices based on magnetoplasmonics.

Graphical abstract: Size dependence of magneto-optical activity in silver nanoparticles with dimensions between 10 and 60 nm studied by MCD spectroscopy

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The article was received on 15 Nov 2017, accepted on 07 Jan 2018 and first published on 10 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP07695A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 4269-4276
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    Size dependence of magneto-optical activity in silver nanoparticles with dimensions between 10 and 60 nm studied by MCD spectroscopy

    T. Shiratsu and H. Yao, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 4269
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP07695A

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