Real-time analysis of the "plasmonic diluent" effect: Probing Ag nanoparticle growth rate via Dy3+ photoluminescence quenching

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova

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In situ optical microspectroscopy has been applied for the real-time monitoring of the recently established "plasmonic diluent" effect. Concurrent absorption and photoluminescence measurements were performed as a function of time for an Ag-Dy co-doped glass at elevated temperatures. The isothermal kinetic analysis reveals: (i) a Dy3+ photoluminescence quenching; and (ii) development of surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoparticles. A method for monitoring the Ag nanoparticle growth rate based on the time-dependent Dy3+ photoluminescence decrease is suggested. Dysprosium ions are proposed to act as luminescent probes of metal nanoparticle growth as a consequence of the rare-earth de-excitation via the "plasmonic diluent" effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-279
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Luminescence
StatePublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy transfer
  • Glasses
  • Luminescence
  • Nanostructures
  • Optical properties
  • Surface plasmon resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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