Volume 83, Number 6, September 2008
Article Number 64004
Number of page(s) 5
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 15 September 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 64004
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/64004

Nonlinear optical properties of Ag nanoparticles embedded in Si3 N4

A. Traverse, C. Humbert, C. Six, A. Gayral and B. Busson

Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, Université Paris-Sud, CNRS - Bâtiment 349, 91405 Orsay, France, EU

received 29 May 2008; accepted in final form 1 August 2008; published September 2008
published online 15 September 2008

A two-colour sum-frequency generation (2C-SFG) spectroscopy experiment was carried out on an assembly of Ag nanoparticles embedded in a Si3 N4 matrix. The visible beam was fixed either at $\omega _{{\rm vis}}$ = 441.6 nm in the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the Ag nanoparticles or at $\omega _{{\rm vis}}$ = 632.8 nm, out of the SPR. The SFG signal was detected while the infrared beam was scanned around 1100 cm-1, a spectral range where an absorption signal has been detected in infrared (IR) reflection absorption spectroscopy. At $\omega _{{\rm vis}}$ = 441.6 nm, the SFG signal put in evidence an electronic resonance contrary to $\omega _{{\rm vis}}$ = 632.8 nm. This second-order nonlinear process is related to the nanostructured system. An interpretation is given in terms of an electronic state arising at the interface of the metallic cluster and the insulating matrix.

42.65.An - Optical susceptibility, hyperpolarizability.
73.22.-f - Electronic structure of nanoscale materials: clusters, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanocrystals.
81.07.Bc - Nanocrystalline materials.

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