Abstract

We demonstrate an easy and controllable method for light-induced active tuning of the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of gold nanorods (AuNRs) over ${\sim}{94}\;{\rm nm}$. The red-shift of the LSPR can be controlled by varying the time of exposure to a 532 nm laser. The tuning is achieved by photo-induced dissolution of individual AuNRs by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) under continuous illumination. The dissolution of the AuNRs increases the aspect ratio, and consequently the LSPR exhibits a gradual but large redshift. A key feature is that it is possible to selectively tune the LSPR of a specific AuNR in a group while leaving the others totally unaffected. Such controllable, light-induced, post-synthesis fine-tuning of the LSPR is useful for tailoring the plasmonic response of individual AuNRs for a wide range of applications.

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