Thickness of a metallic film, in addition to its roughness, plays a significant role in SERS activity

Changwon Lee, Christopher S. Robertson, An H. Nguyen, Mehmet Kahraman, Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu

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In this paper we evaluate the effect of roughness and thickness of silver film substrates, fabricated on glass and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) templates, on surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) activity. While the silver substrates obtained on glass templates exhibit nm-scale roughness, the silver substrates on PDMS templates show larger roughness, on the order of 10â €‰s of nm. These roughness values do not change significantly with the thickness of the silver film. The SERS intensities of 4-Aminothiophenol (ATP) deposited on these substrates strongly depend on both roughness and thickness, with more significant contribution from the roughness on thinner films. FEM simulations of the electric field intensities on surfaces of different thicknesses for rough and flat surfaces suggest higher localized plamons on thinner, rough surfaces. This study indicates that, besides roughness, the thickness of the metallic layer plays a significant role in the SERS activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number11644
JournalScientific Reports
Volume5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 29 2015

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