The dielectric properties of LaB6 crystals and the plasmonic behavior of LaB6 nanoparticles, which have been applied to solar heat-shielding filters, were studied by high energy-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy (HR-EELS). An EELS spectrum of a LaB6 crystal showed a peak at 2.0eV, which was attributed to volume plasmon excitation of carrier electrons. EELS spectra of single LaB6 nanoparticles showed peaks at 1.1-1.4eV depending on the dielectric effect from the substrates. The peaks were assigned to dipole oscillation excitations. These peak energies almost coincided with the peak energy of optical absorption of a heat-shielding filter with LaB6 nanoparticles. On the other hand, those energies were a smaller than a dipole oscillation energy predicted using the dielectric function of bulk LaB6 crystal. It is suggested that the lower energy than expected is due to an excitation at 1.2eV, which was observed for oxidized LaB6 area.
- High energy-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy
- Optical absorption in the near-infrared region
- Optical properties of metal nanoparticle
- Solar-heat shielding filter
- Surface plasmon