Plasmonic Properties of Vertically Aligned Nanowire Arrays

Journal of Nanomaterials. 2012;2012 DOI 10.1155/2012/843402

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Nanomaterials

ISSN: 1687-4110 (Print); 1687-4129 (Online)

Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Technology (General)

Country of publisher: Egypt

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Hua Qi (Electronics Science and Technology Division, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA)
O. J. Glembocki (Electronics Science and Technology Division, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA)
S. M. Prokes (Electronics Science and Technology Division, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA)

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Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Nanowires (NWs)/Ag sheath composites were produced to investigate plasmonic coupling between vertically aligned NWs for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) applications. In this investigation, two types of vertical NW arrays were studied; those of ZnO NWs grown on nanosphere lithography patterned sapphire substrate via vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism and Si NW arrays produced by wet chemical etching. Both types of vertical NW arrays were coated with a thin layer of silver by electroless silver plating for SERS enhancement studies. The experimental results show extremely strong SERS signals due to plasmonic coupling between the NWs, which was verified by COMSOL electric field simulations. We also compared the SERS enhancement intensity of aligned and random ZnO NWs, indicating that the aligned NWs show much stronger and repeatable SERS signal than those grown in nonaligned geometries.