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We demonstrate the possibility of producing Au/SiO 2 core–shell nanoparticles by nanosecond laser irradiation of thin (5 and 20 nm) Au films on Si. The Au/Si eutectic reaction and dewetting process caused by the fast melting and solidification dynamics induced by the nanosecond laser irradiations are investigated as the origin of the formation of core–shell nanoparticles. Using several microscopic techniques (Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy filtered transmission electron microscopy) the formation and evolution of the core–shell structures are investigated as a function of the laser fluence in the 500–1500 mJ cm− 2 range for both film thicknesses. In particular, the mean height and diameter and surface density evolution of the core–shell structures are quantified and correlated to the laser fluence and Au …
IOP Publishing
Publication date: 
4 Jan 2012

F Ruffino, A Pugliara, E Carria, L Romano, C Bongiorno, C Spinella, MG Grimaldi

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Volume: 23 Issue: 4 Pages: 045601