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Nano-Engineered Optimal Templates for Surface-Plasmon Enhanced Raman Scattering

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Abstract:

We investigated the critical conditions to realize reliable and nano-engineered templates for surface-plasmon enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Ultra-sensitive SERSs of thymine oligonucleotides were successfully realized on the template of Au nanoparticle arrays which were prepared by the combination of electron-beam lithography and post-chemical modification techniques. Drastic enhancement of Raman signal from the thymine oligonucleotides was only observed on the optimized templates, where the tuning of the plasmon resonance condition and the formation of the hot spots were both critical. Our results suggest that the artificial generation of reproducible and controlled hot spots can be achieved by our approach.

Keywords: CHEMICAL MODIFICATION; E-BEAM LITHOGRAPHY; OLIGONUCLEOTIDE; SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN; SURFACE PLASMON

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2012.5699

Publication date: 2012-02-01

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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