Molecular fluorescence in the vicinity of a charged metallic nanoparticle

H.Y. Chung, P.T. Leung, Din-ping Tsai

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The modified fluorescence properties of a molecule in the vicinity of a metallic nanoparticle are further studied accounting for the possible existence of extraneous charges on the particle surface. This is achieved via a generalization of the previous theory of Bohren and Hunt for light scattering from a charged sphere, with the results applied to the calculation of the various decay rates and fluorescence yield of the admolecule. Numerical results show that while charge effects will in general blue-shift all the plasmonic resonances of the metal particle, both the quantum yield and the fluorescence yield can be increased at emission frequencies close to that of the surface plasmon resonance of the particle due to the suppression of the nonradiative decay rate. This provides a possibility of further enhancing the particle-induced molecular fluorescence via the addition of surface charge to the metal particle. ©2013 Optical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26483-26492
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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