Tunability of the refractive index of gold nanoparticle dispersions

Shoichi Kubo, Andres Diaz, Yan Tang, Theresa S. Mayer, Iam Choon Khoo, Thomas E. Mallouk

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Alkanethiol-capped gold nanoparticles dispersed in n-dodecane were studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry and were modeled using Mie scattering theory. The refractive index in the visible and near-infrared depended on the volume fraction of gold nanoparticles, in good agreement with the theoretical expectation that such dispersed plasmonic nanoparticles can act as low or tunable refractive index materials at specific optical wavelengths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3418-3423
Number of pages6
JournalNano letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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