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Towards nanoscale reality in plasmonic hot-carrier generation

Project description

Study throws more light on hot-carrier generation in plasmonic materials

Despite their tiny size, metal nanoparticles absorb and scatter light with extraordinary efficiency. This is mainly due to localised surface plasmon resonances, a phenomenon generated by light waves being trapped within metal nanoparticles. These collective plasmon modes do not live long. During their decay, they generate high-energy electrons and holes. The study of these so-called hot carriers holds ramifications for photovoltaics, photocatalysis or photodetection applications. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action programme, the researchers of the EU-funded RealNanoPlasmon project developed first-principles methods for addressing plasmonic hot-carrier generation with atomistic resolution. These methods should shed more light on atomi c-scale effects, which have been largely unexplored in approximative model-based approaches.

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412 96 Goteborg

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 191 852,16