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Title: Hypersonic vibrations of Ag@SiO2 (cubic core)-shell nanospheres
Authors: Sun, J.Y.
Wang, Z.K. 
Lim, H.S. 
Ng, S.C. 
Kuok, M.H. 
Tran, T.T.
Lu, X. 
Keywords: Brillouin light scattering
finite element simulations
mode displacement profiles
vibrational modes
Issue Date: 28-Dec-2010
Citation: Sun, J.Y., Wang, Z.K., Lim, H.S., Ng, S.C., Kuok, M.H., Tran, T.T., Lu, X. (2010-12-28). Hypersonic vibrations of Ag@SiO2 (cubic core)-shell nanospheres. ACS Nano 4 (12) : 7692-7698. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The intriguing optical and catalytic properties of metal-silica core-shell nanoparticles, inherited from their plasmonic metallic cores together with the rich surface chemistry and increased stability offered by their silica shells, have enabled a wide variety of applications. In this work, we investigate the confined vibrational modes of a series of monodisperse Ag@SiO2 (cubic core)-shell nanospheres synthesized using a modified Stöber sol-gel method. The particle-size dependence of their mode frequencies has been mapped by Brillouin light scattering, a powerful tool for probing hypersonic vibrations. Unlike the larger particles, the observed spheroidal-like mode frequencies of the smaller ones do not scale with inverse diameter. Interestingly, the onset of the deviation from this linearity occurs at a smaller particle size for higher-energy modes than for lower-energy ones. Finite element simulations show that the mode displacement profiles of the Ag@SiO 2 core-shells closely resemble those of a homogeneous SiO2 sphere. Simulations have also been performed to ascertain the effects that the core shape and the relative hardness of the core and shell materials have on the vibrations of the core-shell as a whole. As the vibrational modes of a particle have a bearing on its thermal and mechanical properties, the findings would be of value in designing core-shell nanostructures with customized thermal and mechanical characteristics. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: ACS Nano
ISSN: 19360851
DOI: 10.1021/nn102581g
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