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Plasmonic Nano-Oven by Concatenation of Multishell Photothermal Enhancement

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posted on 20.07.2017, 00:00 by Lijun Meng, Renwen Yu, Min Qiu, F. Javier García de Abajo
Metallodielectric multishell nanoparticles are capable of hosting collective plasmon oscillations distributed among different metallic layers, which result in large near-field enhancement at specific regions of the structure, where light absorption is maximized. We exploit this capability of multishell nanoparticles, combined with thermal boundary resistances and spatial tailoring of the optical near fields, to design plasmonic nano-ovens capable of achieving high temperatures at the core region using moderate illumination intensities. We find a large optical intensity enhancement of ∼104 over a relatively broad core region with a simple design consisting of three metal layers. This provides an unusual thermal environment, which together with the high pressures of ∼105 atm produced by concatenated curved layers holds great potential for exploring physical and chemical processes under extreme optical/thermal/pressure conditions in confined nanoscale spaces, while the outer surface of the nano-oven is close to ambient conditions.