Intrinsic damping for ultrafast laser-excited acoustic vibrations of single gold nanorods

  • Yong GanEmail author
  • Zheng Sun
Research Paper


The intrinsic damping for the acoustic vibrations of single gold nanorods excited by ultrafast laser has been studied through the atomistic simulations. It is shown that the intrinsic damping for the breathing mode is strongly sensitive to the nanorod sizes, which is very likely due to the different energy redistributions between the vibrational modes of nanorods and could play a non-negligible role in the broad distribution of the experimentally measured breathing-mode quality factors. In comparison, the intrinsic damping for the extensional vibration of gold nanorods appears much less influenced by the variations of nanorod dimensions. Moreover, we also find that the intrinsic mechanism is a significant source for the vibrational damping of gold nanorods, particularly for the breathing mode.


Gold nanorod Acoustic vibration Damping Ultrafast laser Molecular dynamics Modeling and simulation 



This work was supported by Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (No. LY17A020006).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Soft Machines and Smart Devices of Zhejiang Province, Faculty of EngineeringZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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