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Photoacoustic investigation of gold nanoshells for bioimaging applications
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Paper Abstract

In this study, we report photoacoustic (PA) measurements of gold-covered polystyrene nanoparticles (Au nanoshells). Two types of Au nanoshells were examined: 1) polystyrene core with sparsely covered Au nanoparticles, and 2) polystyrene core which were fully covered by Au nanoparticles. The fully covered Au nanoshell exhibited a broad extinction cross section (500 nm – 850 nm), which is in the first infrared optical window where light transmission is optimal for optical based studies in tissues. The optical properties were compared to numerical simulations using Mie scattering theory. Using a photoacoustic microscope, the PA signal measured from fully covered Au nanoshells was 1.27 ± 0.18 mV per fluence (mJ/cm2), which was 10x greater than the PA signal from sparsely covered Au nanoshells (0.12 ± 0.14 mV). These novel Au nanoshell nanoparticles can be used for multispectral optical and PA imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9724, Plasmonics in Biology and Medicine XIII, 97240L (22 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2213766
Show Author Affiliations
K. Sathiyamoorthy, Ryerson Univ. (Canada)
St. Michael's Hospital (Canada)
Eric M. Strohm, Ryerson Univ. (Canada)
St. Michael's Hospital (Canada)
Michael C. Kolios, Ryerson Univ. (Canada)
St. Michael's Hospital (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9724:
Plasmonics in Biology and Medicine XIII
Tuan Vo-Dinh; Joseph R. Lakowicz, Editor(s)

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