Nanoparticle Based Photoacoustic Treatment of Cancer

Cancer afflicts a compelling portion of the worldwide population and modern treatment modalities are tainted with myriads of debilitating side-effects. Conceptual nano-medicine modalities such as 'cellular hyperthermia' shed hope on a cancer averted future. However, the required precise control of thermal emission from nano-particle structures remains an open challenge. This thesis investigates utilizing 'super-radiance' to achieve this task. Structured nano-particle emitter assemblies (quantum-dot ring and buckminsterfullerene) are analysed using a quantum-electrodynamics framework and validated using tissue model simulations. The results indicate that superradiance can be used to successfully generate a precise thermal energy pulse to achieve cancer hyperthermia requirements.