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Keywords:

  • Colloids;
  • Förster transfer mechanism;
  • Luminescence;
  • Nanocomposites;
  • Rare earth oxides
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Energy transfer between nanoscale particles is demonstrated for a gold/rare-earth oxide nanocomposite. The gold nanoparticle acts as an antenna, absorbing light that can then be transferred to the bound rare-earth oxide (see Figure), enhancing the oxide luminescence by a factor of 40. This could provide a route to enhanced fluorescence labels for biological systems based on optimized absorber and emitter nanocomposite tags.