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Unusual Weak Interparticle Distance Dependence in Raman Enhancement from Nanoparticle Dimers

Title
Unusual Weak Interparticle Distance Dependence in Raman Enhancement from Nanoparticle Dimers
Authors
Qian, ZhaoxiaLi, ChenFakhraai, ZahraPark, So-Jung
Ewha Authors
박소정
SCOPUS Author ID
박소정scopus
Issue Date
2016
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C
ISSN
1932-7447JCR Link
Citation
vol. 120, no. 3, pp. 1824 - 1830
Publisher
AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Here, we report surprisingly weak distance dependence in Raman enhancement from a raspberry-like gold nanoparticle termed raspberry-MM. A raspberry-MM is composed of closely packed gold nanobeads assembled on a polymer core. Due to the abundant "built-in" hot spots between adjacent gold nanobeads, bright and uniform Raman signals were observed from isolated single raspberry-MMs. Interestingly, dimers of raspberry-MMs also showed highly reproducible Raman signals, indicating that the dimer SERS signal is not strongly dependent on the nanoparticle separation. Finitedifference timedomain (FDTD) modeling shows that a strong hot spot is created at the dimer-gap, as expected. However, since there are many more built-in hot spots in each raspberry MM, the contribution of the dimer-gap hot spot to the total Raman enhancement remains low even for 2 nm separation, which explains the observed weak distance dependence. This result is in stark contrast with many previous SERS studies on nanoparticle dimers and clusters, and provides an important guideline on how to design bright and highly reproducible Raman substrates.
DOI
10.1021/acs.jpcc.5609396
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