Stochastic processes in light-assisted nanoparticle formation
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Recently, light-assisted nanofabrication have been introduced, such as the synthesis of quantum dots using photo-induced desorption that yields reduced size fluctuations or metal sputtering under light illumination resulting in self-organized, nanoparticle chains. The physical mechanisms have originally been attributed to material desorption or plasmon resonance effects. However, significant stochastic phenomena are also present that have not been explained yet. We introduce stochastic models taking account of the light-assisted processes that reproduce phenomenological characteristics consistent with the experimental observations. 2012 American Institute of Physics.