The colours of nanometric gold: OOptical response functions of selected gold-cluster thiolates

R. B. Wyrwas, M. M. Alvarez, J. T. Khoury, R. C. Price, T. G. Schaaff, R. L. Whetten

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Abstract

A set of broad-range NIR-vis-UV optical absorption spectra, measured for selected gold-cluster thiolate compounds (GCTs, containing ~20 to 300 Au atoms), is consistently displayed and then analyzed within the dielectric-functions approach. The size-evolution toward 'bulk' (Au diameter >3-nm) optical response is thereby clearly demonstrated. The emergence of apparent energy gaps, Eon, for onset of optical absorption, as well as other fine-structure, is consistent with that of a well-quantized metallic electronic structure for the compounds' cores: the onset-band's location Eon and intensity are attributed semiclassically to a circulation-frequency resonance of the Fermi-level electrons. With decreasing cluster-size, an increasing fraction of the integrated (sum-rule) intensity is 'missing' from the <4 eV region. This might be explained by the outermost layer consisting of Au(I)thiolate complexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-95
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Volume43
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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