Origin of plasmon lineshape and enhanced hot electron generation in metal nanoparticles

Xinyuan You, S. Ramakrishna, Tamar Seideman*

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Plasmon-generated hot carriers are currently being studied intensively for their role in enhancing the efficiency of photovoltaic and photocatalytic processes. Theoretical studies of the hot electrons subsystem have generated insight, but we show that a unified quantum-mechanical treatment of the plasmon and hot electrons reveals new physical phenomena. Instead of a unidirectional energy transfer process in Landau damping, back energy transfer is predicted in small metal nanoparticles (MNPs) within a model-Hamiltonian approach. As a result, the single Lorentzian plasmonic line shape is modulated by a multipeak structure, whose individual line width provides a direct way to probe the electronic dephasing. More importantly, the hot electron generation can be enhanced greatly by matching the incident energy to the peaks of the modulated line shape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-145
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 4 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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