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Thermo-induced electromagnetic coupling in gold/polymer hybrid plasmonic structures probed by surface enhanced Raman scattering
Author(s): H. Gehan; L. Dos Santos; S. Lau; G. Charron; J. Grand; J. Aubard; C. Mangeney; N. Felidj
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Paper Abstract

This work describes the design of a new plasmonic device made of gold nanoparticles separated from a gold film through a thermoresponsive polymer layer. This organic polymer responds to temperature variations by conformational changes (with a characteristic temperature called the lower critical solution temperature, LCST) and is therefore able to vary the distance between the gold nanoparticles and the gold film. The optical properties of these stimulable substrates were probed by Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering spectroscopy (SERS) using methylene blue (MB) as a molecular probe. We show that an increase of the external temperature reversibly induces a significant enhancement of the MB SERS signal. This was attributed to a stronger interaction between the gold nanoparticles and the gold substrate. The temperature-responsive plasmonic devices developed in this work thus provide a dynamic SERS platform, with thermally switchable electromagnetic coupling between the gold nanoparticles and the gold surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8096, Plasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties IX, 80961N (20 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.893678
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H. Gehan, CNRS, Univ. Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France)
L. Dos Santos, CNRS, Univ. Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France)
S. Lau, CNRS, Univ. Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France)
G. Charron, CNRS, Univ. Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France)
J. Grand, CNRS, Univ. Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France)
J. Aubard, CNRS, Univ. Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France)
C. Mangeney, CNRS, Univ. Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France)
N. Felidj, CNRS, Univ. Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8096:
Plasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties IX
Mark I. Stockman, Editor(s)

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