We observe the growth of shape-controlled potassium nanoparticles inside a random network of glass nanopores, exposed to low-power laser radiation. Visible laser light plays a dual role: it increases the desorption probability of potassium atoms from the inner glass walls and induces the self-assembly of metastable metallic nanoparticles along the nanopores. By probing the sample transparency and the atomic light-induced desorption flux into the vapour phase, the dynamics of both cluster formation/evaporation and atomic photo-desorption processes are characterized. Results indicate that laser light not only increases the number of nanoparticles embedded in the glass matrix but also influences their structural properties. By properly choosing the laser frequency and the illumination time, we demonstrate that it is possible to tailor the nanoparticles’ shape distribution. Furthermore, a deep connection between the macroscopic behaviour of atomic desorption and light-assisted cluster formation is observed. Our results suggest new perspectives for the study of atom/surface interaction, as well as an effective tool for the light-controlled reversible growth of nanostructures.

Marmugi, L., Mariotti, E., Burchianti, A., Veronesi, S., Moi, L., Marinelli, C. (2014). Laser-driven self-assembly of shape-controlled potassium nanoparticles in porous glass. LASER PHYSICS LETTERS, 11(8) [10.1088/1612-2011/11/8/085902].

Laser-driven self-assembly of shape-controlled potassium nanoparticles in porous glass

Marmugi, L.;Mariotti, E.;Moi, L.;Marinelli, C.
2014-01-01

Abstract

We observe the growth of shape-controlled potassium nanoparticles inside a random network of glass nanopores, exposed to low-power laser radiation. Visible laser light plays a dual role: it increases the desorption probability of potassium atoms from the inner glass walls and induces the self-assembly of metastable metallic nanoparticles along the nanopores. By probing the sample transparency and the atomic light-induced desorption flux into the vapour phase, the dynamics of both cluster formation/evaporation and atomic photo-desorption processes are characterized. Results indicate that laser light not only increases the number of nanoparticles embedded in the glass matrix but also influences their structural properties. By properly choosing the laser frequency and the illumination time, we demonstrate that it is possible to tailor the nanoparticles’ shape distribution. Furthermore, a deep connection between the macroscopic behaviour of atomic desorption and light-assisted cluster formation is observed. Our results suggest new perspectives for the study of atom/surface interaction, as well as an effective tool for the light-controlled reversible growth of nanostructures.
Marmugi, L., Mariotti, E., Burchianti, A., Veronesi, S., Moi, L., Marinelli, C. (2014). Laser-driven self-assembly of shape-controlled potassium nanoparticles in porous glass. LASER PHYSICS LETTERS, 11(8) [10.1088/1612-2011/11/8/085902].
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