The present work reports the synthesis of elongated Au nanoparticles (NPs) parallel to each other, embedded in silica matrix. Au NPs in silica, prepared using rf magnetron sputtering, were irradiated by 120MeV Au ions at different fluences to induce elongation. Optical absorption study of irradiated film showed a clear splitting of surface plasmon bands corresponding to transverse and longitudinal modes. Transmission electron microscopy investigations of pristine and irradiated samples revealed an elongation (aspect ratio of 3.5) in Au NPs occurred as a result of irradiation. The results are discussed in the framework of thermal spike model.

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