22 August 2017 Effect of periodicity in the optimization of fine tuned dipolar plasmonic structures for SERS
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Proceedings Volume 10453, Third International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics; 1045330 (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2276358
Event: Third International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 2017, Faro, Portugal
Abstract
Arrays of nanoantennas consisting of plasmonic dipole pairs have been widely used in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Fine-tuned structures that can efficiently convert incident electromagnetic energy to excite molecules and provide enhanced detection. However, this tuning mechanism also has its disadvantages. In order to prevent the cross coupling, the distance between each individual element must be increased. This leads to low packing density values which in turn results in a reduction of the overall enhanced Raman signal when these structures are compared to broadly tuned aggregates of particles such as those obtained through metal sputtering or colloidal deposition. In this work we demonstrate through simulations and experimental work that it is possible to increase the reflected signal of an array of nanoantennas by reducing the distance between them in the direction both perpendicular and parallel to the orientation of the incident electric field. It is shown the resonant wavelength shifts in two different spectral directions depending in how the intercell distance was reduced. These resultant shifts can reduce the tuning capabilities of the structures but also can increase the SERS intensity due to close coupling of the dipole pairs. We believe that these results will enable the design and fabrication of structures possessing a greater degree of tunability together with an overall enhanced Raman signal that can rival aggregated SERS substrates.
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Henrique Vilhena, Henrique Vilhena, Scott G. McMeekin, Scott G. McMeekin, A. Sheila Holmes-Smith, A. Sheila Holmes-Smith, Graham G. Sharp, Graham G. Sharp, Richard M. De La Rue, Richard M. De La Rue, Nigel P. Johnson, Nigel P. Johnson, } "Effect of periodicity in the optimization of fine tuned dipolar plasmonic structures for SERS", Proc. SPIE 10453, Third International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 1045330 (22 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2276358; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2276358
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