- Conference date: 1–2 February 2013
- Location: Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
The present article is intended to elucidate a range of novel spectroscopic studies of nanoscale metal clusters. Various bottom-up and top-down techniques have been utilized to synthesize the metal nanoclusters. Materials like metal nanoclusters of cobalt, silver or gold in various dielectric matrices facilitate to explore interesting phenomena through optical, photoluminescence and vibrational spectroscopy. Interaction of uv-visible light with free electrons of metal nanoclusters, for example, leads to fascinating colors of dielectric matrices through an optical effect known as surface-plasmon resonance. This effect of quantum-confinement of the electrons leads to large enhancements of local electric field in metal nanoclusters. Enhancements of Raman scattering from metal nanoclusters are attributed to the increase of local fields. Optical absorption and Raman scattering spectroscopy particularly have been highlighted here as powerful non-destructive experimental methods to study evolution of metal nanoclusters in different dielectric matrices. In relatively large metal nanoclusters, besides dipolar, quadrupolar surface-plasmon resonances have been observed.
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