β-Ray irradiation up to 1.2 GGy was employed to induce E′Siγ defects and to study the structure of silica nanoparticles with diameters from 7 up to 20 nm. Defect concentration and their 29Si strong hyperfine doublet were investigated through electron paramagnetic resonance measurements. Our data indicate that stable defects are located in the nanoparticle core. Furthermore, the E′Siγ hyperfine interaction evidences that the core structure is denser than bulk silica and independent from the particle size. Finally, we put in evidence that the core structure is stable and unaffected by the irradiation in the investigated dose range maintaining the specific features of nanoparticles.
|Numero di pagine||4|
|Rivista||Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2015|
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