Publisher DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.1c00167
Title: Direct Plasmonic Excitation of the Hybridized Surface States in Metal Nanoparticles
Language: English
Authors: Khurgin, Jacob B. 
Petrov, Alexander  
Eich, Manfred 
Uskov, Alexander V. 
Keywords: adsorbates; photocatalysis; photochemistry; plasmonics
Issue Date: 21-Jul-2021
Source: ACS Photonics 8 (7): 2041-2049 (2021-07-21)
Abstract (english): 
Plasmon-driven chemical reactions are a subject that is currently capturing the attention of the research community and generates a fair amount of arguments about their origin. Taking into account that the lifetime of excited hot carriers in metals is very short, some mechanism is required to store carriers long enough and in sites that allow chemical reactions with the environment. One established mechanism is the injection of charges into either the valence or conduction band of a semiconductor, followed by a chemical reaction at the semiconductor surface. Here, we consider a somewhat less-explored pathway by which plasmon decay can cause a chemical reaction: the direct excitation of hybridized surface states by plasmons. Using a simple model, we evaluate theoretically the rate of direct excitation and find that it can be comparable and often exceed the rate of indirect excitation of surface states. Our findings correspond to prior experimental results. We also identify the conditions under which one can enhance the direct excitation efficiency and, thus, bring plasmon-driven photochemistry closer to practical applications.
ISSN: 2330-4022
Journal: ACS photonics 
Institute: Optische und Elektronische Materialien E-12 
Document Type: Article
Project: SFB 986: Teilprojekt C1 - Strukturierte Emitter für effiziente und effektive Thermophotovoltaik 
SFB 986: Teilprojekt C02 - Keramikbasierte hochtemperaturstabile Wärmestrahlungsreflektoren und Strukturfarben 
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