Elongation of gold nanoparticles in silica glass by irradiation with swift heavy ions

Koichi Awazu, Xiaomin Wang, Makoto Fijimaki, Junji Tominaga, Hirohiko Aiba, Yoshimichi Ohki, Tetsuro Komatsubara

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We examined the mechanism whereby nanoparticles of gold embedded in silica become elongated and oriented parallel to each other on ion irradiation. Elongation occurred for gold particles with radii smaller than 25 nm. The process was simulated by using a thermal spike model. For small-radius nanoparticles, ion irradiation raises the temperature above the melting points of both gold and silica, whereas for larger nanoparticles neither the gold nanoparticle nor the surrounding silica matrix is melted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054102
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 6


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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