Remote Excitation Polarization-Dependent Surface Photochemical Reaction by Plasmonic Waveguide
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For the first time, we report remote excitation polarization-dependent surface photochemical reaction by plasmonic waveguide. Remote excitation polarization-dependent surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra indicate a surface photochemical reaction that p-aminothiophenol is converted to p,p′-dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB) induced by the plasmonic waveguide. Surface plasmon polaritons generated at the end of a silver nanowire can propagate efficiently along the nanowire, and be coupled by nanoparticles near the nanowire as a nanoantenna. Massive electromagnetic enhancement is generated in the nanogap between the nanowire and the nanoparticles. The remote excitation polarization-dependent SERS spectra can be obtained experimentally in the nanogaps; furthermore, the remote excitation polarization-dependent SERS spectra of DMAB reveal the occurrence of this surface catalytic reaction. Theoretical simulations using finite-difference time-domain methods strongly support our experimental results.