Photonic crystals with SiO2–Ag “post-cap” nanostructure coatings for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Kim, Seok-min; Zhang, Wei; Cunningham, Brian T.
October 2008
Applied Physics Letters;10/6/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 14, p143112
Academic Journal
We demonstrate that the resonant near fields of a large-area replica molded photonic crystal (PC) slab can efficiently couple light from a laser to SiO2–Ag “post-cap” nanostructures deposited on the PC surface by a glancing angle evaporation technique for achieving high surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) enhancement factor. To examine the feasibility of the PC-SERS substrate, the simulated electric field around individual Ag particles and the measured Raman spectrum of trans-1,2-bis(4pyridyl)ethane on the PC-SERS substrate were compared with those from an ordinary glass substrate coated with the same SiO2–Ag nanostructures.


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