We observe reversible light assisted formation and evaporation of rubidium clusters embedded in nanoporous silica. Metallic nanoparticles are cyclically produced and evaporated by weak blue-green and near-infrared light, respectively. The atoms photodetached from the huge surface of the silica matrix build up clusters, whereas cluster evaporation is increased by induced surface plasmon excitation. Frequency tuning of light activates either one process or the other and the related changes of glass transparency become visible to the naked eye. We demonstrate that the porous silica, loaded with rubidium, shows memory of illumination sequences behaving as a rereadable and rewritable optical medium. These processes take place as a consequence of the strong confinement of atoms and particles at the nanoscale.
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|Titolo:||Reversible light-controlled formation and evaporation of rubidium clusters in nanoporous silica|
|Citazione:||Burchianti, A., Bogi, A., Marinelli, C., Maibohm, C., Mariotti, E., & Moi, L. (2006). Reversible light-controlled formation and evaporation of rubidium clusters in nanoporous silica. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 97, 157404-1-157404-4.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|