Silver-molecule separation dependence of surface-enhanced Raman scattering

C. A. Murray, D. L. Allara, M. Rhinewine

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Surface-enhanced Raman scattering from a layer of organic molecules adsorbed on aluminum oxide and covered by a controlled-roughness silver film has been studied. The molecule-silver distance dependence of the Raman-scattering enhancement by the surface was measured in four separate experiments. Large enhancements (103) persist in our samples for molecule-silver separation as large as 100, and thus the use of surface-enhanced Raman scattering is shown to be a viable technique for vibrational spectroscopy of a large variety of interface systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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