Abstract

A method is proposed to control the aspect ratio (ε) of elongated nanoparticles obtained by ion implantation in a transparent matrix. The procedure was tested for Ag spheroids in silica and we could accurately change ε in the range from the maximum value obtained by the ion implantation (around 3.0 in this case) to 1.0 (spherical shape). The values of ε were determined in several steps from optical extinction spectroscopy measurements, by fitting the modification and splitting of the surface plasmon resonance peak, using the T-matrix method. In the initial (maximum deformation) and final (undeformed) states, transmission electron microscopy images were obtained, showing a good agreement with the T-matrix results in both cases.

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