Plasmon-Exciton Interactions on Single Thermoresponsive Platforms Demonstrated by Optical Tweezers

Optical and hydrodynamic-size studies on single bare thermo-responsive microspheres, and microspheres covered either with Au nanoparticles, CdSe/CdS quantum dots, or a combination of both have been performed by optical tweezers. The photothermal heating of water in the focal region boosts the shrinkage of the microspheres, an effect that is intensified in the presence of Au nanoparticles. In contrast, bigger microspheres are measured when they are covered with quantum dots. Plasmon-exciton interactions are observable in the trap in the combined Au and quantum dots hybrid systems.