Colloquium on February 21, 2011

Klaus Kroy
Universität Leipzig

Hot Brownian Motion

I discuss the Markovian description for the nonequilibrium Brownian motion of a heated nanoparticle in a simple solvent with a temperature-dependent viscosity. Analytical results for the generalized fluctuation-dissipation and Stokes-Einstein relations compare favorably with measurements of laser-heated gold nanoparticles and provide a practical rational basis for emerging photothermal tracer and nanoparticle trapping and tracking techniques.