Effective Electron Temperature Measurement Using Time-Resolved Anti-Stokes Photoluminescence

Thomas Jollans, Martín Caldarola, Yonatan Sivan, Michel Orrit

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Anti-Stokes photoluminescence of metal nanoparticles, in which emitted photons have a higher energy than the incident photons, is an indicator of the temperature prevalent within a nanoparticle. Previous work has shown how to extract the temperature from a gold nanoparticle under continuous-wave monochromatic illumination. We extend the technique to pulsed illumination and introduce pump-probe anti-Stokes spectroscopy. This new technique enables us not only to measure an effective electron temperature in a gold nanoparticle (-103 K under our conditions), but also to measure ultrafast dynamics of a pulse-excited electron population, through its effect on the photoluminescence, with subpicosecond time resolution. We measure the heating and cooling, all within picoseconds, of the electrons and find that, with our subpicosecond pulses, the highest apparent temperature is reached 0.6 ps before the maximum change in magnitude of the extinction signal.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)6968-6976
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number34
StatePublished - 27 Aug 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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