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Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2009 Jul 28;11(28):5882-8. doi: 10.1039/b902107h. Epub 2009 Apr 21.

Anisotropy effects on the time-resolved spectroscopy of the acoustic vibrations of nanoobjects.

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FemtoNanoOptics Group, Université Lyon 1, CNRS, LASIM, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne, France. acrut@lasim.univ-lyon1.fr

Abstract

The impact of spherical symmetry breaking and crystallinity on the response of the vibrational acoustic modes of a nanoobject in frequency- and time-domain experiments is investigated using the finite-element analysis method. The results show that introduction of shape anisotropy, i.e., evolution from a nanosphere to a nanorod, modifies the periods of the fundamental radial and quadrupolar modes and leads to activation of a quadrupolar-like mode in time-domain studies. In contrast, crystallinity is shown to have a negligible impact on the breathing mode frequency of a nanosphere formed by a cubic crystal and does not activate any quadrupolar mode. The effect of an anisotropic excitation in time-resolved measurements of a large nanosphere is also discussed.

PMID:
19588008
DOI:
10.1039/b902107h

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