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Published November 15, 1989 | Published
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Size-dependent surface-plasmon resonances of bare silver particles


Surface-plasmon resonances of silver microparticle aerosols have been measured as a function of average particle size. Resonance line shapes are modeled as a function of particle size and complex refractive index. The surface-plasmon frequency is found to exhibit a red shift from 3.8 to 3.4 eV as the average particle diameter is decreased by approximately a factor of 3 in contrast to the blue shift observed for matrix-isolated silver particles.

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© 1989 The American Physical Society. Received 15 August 1989. I would like to thank Vitaly Kresin, Professor R. J. Saykally, Professor P. A. Alivasatos, and Professor W. Knight for extremely helpful discussions. In addition, I want to thank Professor Saykally for supporting this research through Grant No. N0014-87-K-0270 from the Office of Naval Research, and the University of California at Berkeley Miller Foundation for support.

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