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2 September 2009 Saturable absorption of femtosecond laser pulses at surface plasmon resonance in gold nanoshells
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In this work, we present an investigation of the nonlinear optical properties of nanoshells of different size in solutions and deposited on glass substrates using a single beam z-scan method at a wavelength of 806 nm with laser duration of 170 fs. Structural properties of gold nanoshells of about 150 and 220 nm, prepared in water, are characterized by AFM and TEM microscopy. It is found that, in general, they behave as saturable absorbers. The level of saturation depends on the relative overlap between the plasmon resonance of nanoshells and the laser excitation wavelengths. The nonlinear absorption coefficient, obtained by fitting the experimental results, is of the order of -10-11 cmW-1.
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Ida Ros, Piero Schiavuta, Giovanni Mattei, and Renato Bozio "Saturable absorption of femtosecond laser pulses at surface plasmon resonance in gold nanoshells", Proc. SPIE 7394, Plasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties VII, 739412 (2 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825859; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.825859
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