Molecular photodissociation enabled by ultrafast plasmon decay

José Torres-Sánchez, Johannes Feist
2021 Journal of Chemical Physics  
We propose a strategy for enabling photodissociation of a normally photostable molecule through coupling to a nanoparticle plasmon. The large possible coupling on the single-molecule level combined with the highly lossy nature of plasmonic modes, with lifetimes on the order of femtoseconds, opens an ultrafast decay channel for the molecule. For plasmon mode frequencies below the vertical photoexcitation energy of the molecule, the difference between the excitation and emission energies is
more » ... ted into vibrational energy on the molecular ground state in a Raman-like process. Under the correct conditions, this energy can be high enough to enable efficient photodissociation on the electronic ground state. We demonstrate the concept using numerical simulations of the Lindblad master equation for the hydrogen molecule in the vicinity of an aluminum nanoparticle and explore the photodissociation efficiency as a function of various system parameters.
doi:10.1063/5.0037856 pmid:33412870 fatcat:22odpw33o5cpvkbh7cccxfckky