Optical second harmonic generation of single metallic nanoparticles embedded in a homogeneous medium

Nano Lett. 2010 May 12;10(5):1717-21. doi: 10.1021/nl1000949.


We report the optical second harmonic generation from individual 150 nm diameter gold nanoparticles dispersed in gelatin. The quadratic hyperpolarizability of the particles is determined and the input polarization dependence of the second harmonic intensity obtained. These results are found in excellent agreement with ensemble measurements and finite element simulations. These results open up new perspectives for the investigation of the nonlinear optical properties of noble metal nanoparticles.

MeSH terms

  • Colloids / chemistry
  • Computer Simulation
  • Gelatin / chemistry*
  • Gold / chemistry*
  • Light
  • Materials Testing
  • Models, Chemical*
  • Nanostructures / chemistry*
  • Nanostructures / ultrastructure*
  • Particle Size
  • Refractometry
  • Scattering, Radiation


  • Colloids
  • Gold
  • Gelatin