Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a light-activated chemotherapeutic treatment that utilizes singlet oxygen and reactive oxygen species induced oxidative reactions to react with surrounding biological substrates, which either kills or irreversibly damages malignant cells.
We used multiphoton nonlinear optical microscopy to observe the photo-dynamic effects of TBO-AuNR-in-shell NPs. Excited by femtosecond Cr:forsterite laser operating at 1230nm, singlet oxygen were generated through a plasmon-enhanced two-photon nonlinear optical process. For cells took up NPs, this photodynamic effect can kill the cell. From nonlinear optical microscopy images, we found they shrunk after 3 minutes of illumination.