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J Chem Phys. 2004 Apr 15;120(15):7141-6.

Gold particle interaction in regular arrays probed by surface enhanced Raman scattering.

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  • 1Interfaces, Traitements, Organisation et Dynamique des Systèmes, Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, CNRS UMR 7086, 1, Rue Guy de la Brosse 75005 Paris, France. felidj@paris7.jussieu.fr


Lithographically designed two-dimensional arrays consisting of gold nanoparticles deposited on a smooth gold film are used as substrate to examine the SERS effect of the trans-1,2-bis (4-pyridyl) ethylene molecule. These arrays display two plasmon bands instead of the single one observed for the same arrays of particles but deposited on indium tin oxide coated glass. Laser excitation within the short wavelength band does not bring about any SERS spectrum, while excitation within the long wavelength band yields SERS spectra with a gain per molecule rising up to 10(8). The simultaneous investigation of extinction and Raman spectra of arrays exhibiting various topography parameters enables us to suggest an interpretation for both the occurrence of the two plasmon resonances and for the high Raman enhancement. We suggest to assign the short wavelength band to a plasmon wave propagating at the gold glass interface and the long wavelength one to an air/gold surface plasmon mode modified by particle-particle interaction.

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