Colloidal particles with a 14 nm diameter Au core surrounded by a 72 nm thick silica shell have been irradiated with 30 MeV heavy ions. The shell deforms into an oblate ellipsoid, while the core becomes rod-shaped (aspect ratio up to 9) with the major axis along the beam. Optical extinction measurements show evidence for split plasmon bands, characteristic for anisotropic metal nanoparticles.
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