Near-field surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of dye molecules adsorbed on silver island films


Journal Article

We report the combined use of scanning near-field optical microscopy and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) to obtain spectral, spatial and chemical information of molecular adsorbates with subwavelength lateral resolution. Near-field SERS spectra of cresyl fast violet and rhodamine 6G on silver substrates are obtained with short exposure times (less than 100 s) and a signal-to-noise ratio of >20. Spectra from as few as ≈300 molecules or less than 10-2 monolayers adsorbed on about ten silver nanoparticles can be recorded using 200 nm tip apertures. For the near-field spectra, a local Raman enhancement factor of 1013 or greater can be derived from a comparison with fluorescence measurements.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zeisel, D; Deckert, V; Zenobi, R; Vo-Dinh, T

Published Date

  • February 13, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 283 / 5-6

Start / End Page

  • 381 - 385

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-2614

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0009-2614(97)01391-2

Citation Source

  • Scopus