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Silver Nanowires As Infrared-Active Material for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering


Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is increasing in significance as a bioanalytical tool. Novel nanostructured metal substrates are required to improve performances and versatility of SERS spectroscopy. In particular, as biological tissues are relatively transparent in the infrared wavelength range, SERS-active materials suitable for infrared laser excitation are needed. Nanowires appear interesting in this respect as they show a very broad localized surface plasmon resonance band, ranging from near UV to near infrared wavelengths. SERS activity of silver nanowires has been tested at three wavelengths and a fair enhancement at 1064 and 514 nm has been observed, whereas a very weak enhancement was present when exciting close to the nanowire extinction maximum. These experimentally measured optical properties have been contrasted with finite elements method simulations. Furthermore, laser-induced optoacoustic spectroscopy measurements have shown that the extinction at 1064 nm is completely due to scattering. This result has the important implication that no heating occurs when silver nanowires are utilized as SERS-active substrates, therefore possible thermal damages are prevented.

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The article was received on 19 Jan 2018, accepted on 03 Apr 2018 and first published on 11 Apr 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR00537K
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Silver Nanowires As Infrared-Active Material for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering

    M. Becucci, M. Bracciali, G. Ghini, C. Lofrumento, G. Pietraperzia, M. Ricci, L. Tognaccini, S. Trigari, C. Gellini and A. Feis, Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8NR00537K

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