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International Heat Transfer Conference 15

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Volumetric Laser or Solar Heating with Plasmonic Nanoparticles

Yildiz Bayazitoglu
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department, Rice University

DOI: 10.1615/
pages 370-388


Over the past two decades, much effort has been focused on developing plasmonic nanoparticles, not only by means of new methods but also by using new materials to allow absorption of the maximum amount of energy at a given wavelength by laser or solar light, depending on their size, shape and composition. These plasmonic nanoparticles have many uses from biomedical to electronic applications. Here we review their progress as related to assisting the increase in localized temperature of the medium by means of laser or solar energy. A brief discussion of solid nanosphere, nanodisc, nanoshell, nanorod, nanobelt and nanocage nanostructures and their optical properties is provided. Selected groups of nanoparticles as applied to volumetric laser and solar heating applications are also discussed. Finally a single plasmonic nanoparticle use for localized and nanosize near field laser heating for heat assisted magnetic recording, and the multiple plasmonic nanoparticle use for local laser heating for cancer therapy, and for solar energy steam generation for power generation, distillation and sterilization are presented.

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