Monday, September 19, 2016

Trapping analyte molecules in hotspots with modified free-standing silver bowtie nanostructures for SERS detection

Daren Xu, Lingxiao Liu, Fei Teng, Feifei Wu and Nan Lu

In this paper, we present a method to trap analyte molecules in hotspots by fabricating free-standing silver bowtie nanostructures with supporting bridges. The existence of supporting bridges makes more analyte molecules in hotspots, which efficiently enhance the Raman intensity. An enhancement factor of 2.4 × 108 is obtained for the structures, and a low concentration of analyte (10−10 M) can be detected. Furthermore, the relative standard deviation for Raman measurement is down to 5.91% for the structures. This method may be applied for SERS measurements.

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