Plasmonic Photothermal Heating of Gold Nanoshell Solutions

Do Thi Nga, Le Ba Nam, To Thi Thao, Vu Thi Thuy Duong
Author affiliations


  • Do Thi Nga Institute of Physics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 10 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Le Ba Nam School of Engineering Physics, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • To Thi Thao Department of Physics, Post and Telecommunications Institute of Technology Nguyen Trai Street, Ha Dong District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Vu Thi Thuy Duong Ministry of Science and Technology 113 Tran Duy Hung Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam



photothermal effects, gold nanoshells, NIR, Mie theory


We present a theoretical approach to theoretically investigate how gold core-shell
nanoparticles dispersed in water thermally respond to near-infrared-regime laser illumination. First, the absorption cross section of gold nanostructures is calculated using Mie theory. Second, we determine the absorbed power density when the solution is exposed by the laser light. Here, the solution of nanostructures is assumed to be uniform and homogenous. Third, we analytically solve the transient bioheat equation to calculate time-dependent temperature increase. Our theoretical calculations quantitatively agree with previous experiments without any adjustable parameter.
This approach would provide a reliable tool to understand photothermal effects in unexplored structures.


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D. T. Nga, L. B. Nam, T. T. Thao and V. T. T. Duong, Plasmonic Photothermal Heating of Gold Nanoshell Solutions, Comm. Phys. 30 (2020) 363. DOI:



Received 18-06-2020
Accepted 25-10-2020
Published 16-11-2020