We determined the third-order susceptibility [ χ (3)] of a thin composite film formed by silver nanoclusters embedded in soda-lime glass. Ag aggregation was promoted by irradiating an Ag-Na ion-exchanged glass with an N + beam. [ χ (3)] dispersion was measured by phase-mismatched degenerate four-wave mixing in the 380-470 nm spectral range, with 0.5 ps laser pulse duration. Close to the surface plasmon resonance of Ag metallic clusters, the χ (3) amplitude exceeds by a factor of 10 4 the value of substrate glass. We also measured a phase of 83° and a dynamics characterized by ∼ 30, 3 and 0.9 ps decay times, ascribed to hot-electrons-lattice thermalization in the clusters, followed by thermal diffusion toward the matrix and relaxation of the whole system to the starting temperature.
|Data di pubblicazione:||1998|
|Titolo:||Measurement of the third-order nonlinear susceptibility of Ag nanoparticles in glass in a wide spectral range|
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