Raman scattering enhancement using crystallographic surface of a colloidal crystal
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- Gaponenko, S.V., Gaiduk, A.A., Kulakovich, O.S. et al. Jetp Lett. (2001) 74: 309. doi:10.1134/1.1421446
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Deposition of coinage metals on a crystallographic surface of a colloidal crystal is proposed with the aim of fabricating metal surfaces with a regular relief on a scale of 200–300 nm to get strong surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The approach is implemented through thin gold-film deposition on a surface of a crystal consisting of silica globules. Mitoxantrone molecules, a DNA intercalator, were used to prove high SERS efficiency of the structures proposed. As compared to other SERS-active substrates, metal-dielectric colloidal crystal structures possess well-defined surface parameters (globule diameter and film thickness), high stability and reproducibility. These advantages are important for systematic analysis of SERS mechanisms in mesoscopic structures and its application in single-molecule detection.