Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 394, Issue 7, pp 1811–1818 | Cite as

Ultrafast plasmon dynamics and evanescent field distribution of reproducible surface-enhanced Raman-scattering substrates

  • Dana Cialla
  • Ronald Siebert
  • Uwe Hübner
  • Robert Möller
  • Henrik Schneidewind
  • Roland Mattheis
  • Jörg Petschulat
  • Andreas Tünnermann
  • Thomas Pertsch
  • Benjamin DietzekEmail author
  • Jürgen PoppEmail author
Original Paper


Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a potent tool in bioanalytical science because the technique combines high sensitivity with molecular specificity. However, the widespread and routine use of SERS in quantitative biomedical diagnostics is limited by tight requirements on the reproducibility of the noble metal substrates used. To solve this problem, we recently introduced a novel approach to reproducible SERS substrates. In this contribution, we apply ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy to investigate the photo-induced collective charge-carrier dynamics in such substrates, which represents the fundamental origin of the SERS mechanism. The ultrafast experiments are accompanied by scanning-near field optical microscopy and SERS experiments to correlate the appearance of plasmon dynamics with the resultant evanescent field distribution and the analytically relevant SERS enhancement.


Ultrafast time-resolved differential absorption spectroscopy combined with scanning near-field optical microscopy (left) and atomic force microscopy (right) yields insight into the photoinduced charge-carrier dynamics in innovative reproducible SERS-substrates


Nanostructured gold surfaces Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) Reproducible SERS substrates Femtosecond time-resolved dynamics Scanning near-field optical microscopy 



The authors thank Christa Schmidt for the AFM image, Denis Akimov for technical assistance, and Michael Schmitt for helpful discussions and critical reading of the manuscript. R.S., B.D., and J.P. thank the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie for financial support. The research project “Jenaer Biochip Initiative (JBCI)” within the framework “InnoProfile—Unternehmen Region” is financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Germany. Further financial support by the BMBF (Innoregio-ZIK and Metamat) as well as from Carl Zeiss, Inc. is acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dana Cialla
    • 1
  • Ronald Siebert
    • 2
  • Uwe Hübner
    • 3
  • Robert Möller
    • 1
    • 3
  • Henrik Schneidewind
    • 3
  • Roland Mattheis
    • 3
  • Jörg Petschulat
    • 4
  • Andreas Tünnermann
    • 4
  • Thomas Pertsch
    • 4
  • Benjamin Dietzek
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Jürgen Popp
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryFriedrich Schiller University Jena (Jenaer Biochip Initiative—JBCI)JenaGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Physical ChemistryFriedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Photonic Technology JenaJenaGermany
  4. 4.Institute of Applied Physics, NanoopticsFriedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany

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