We explore the effect of re-radiation in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) through polarization-sensitive experiments on self-organized gold nanowires on which randomly oriented Methylene Blue molecules are adsorbed. We provide the exact laws ruling the polarized, unpolarized, and parallel- and cross-polarized SERS Intensity as a function of the field polarizations. We show that SERS is polarized along the wire-to-wire nanocavity axis, independently from the excitation polarization. This proves the selective enhancement of the Raman dipole component parallel to the nanocavity at the single molecule level. Introducing a field enhancement tensor to account for the anisotropic polarization response of the nanowires, we work out a model that correctly predicts the experimental results for any excitation/detection polarization and goes beyond the E(4) approximation. We also show how polarization-sensitive SERS experiments permit one to evaluate independently the excitation and the re-radiation enhancement factors accessing the orientation-averaged non-diagonal components of the molecular Raman polarizability tensor.

Re-radiation Enhancement in Polarized Surface-Enhanced Resonant Raman Scattering of Randomly Oriented Molecules on Self-Organized Gold Nanowires

ALLEGRINI, MARIA;
2011

Abstract

We explore the effect of re-radiation in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) through polarization-sensitive experiments on self-organized gold nanowires on which randomly oriented Methylene Blue molecules are adsorbed. We provide the exact laws ruling the polarized, unpolarized, and parallel- and cross-polarized SERS Intensity as a function of the field polarizations. We show that SERS is polarized along the wire-to-wire nanocavity axis, independently from the excitation polarization. This proves the selective enhancement of the Raman dipole component parallel to the nanocavity at the single molecule level. Introducing a field enhancement tensor to account for the anisotropic polarization response of the nanowires, we work out a model that correctly predicts the experimental results for any excitation/detection polarization and goes beyond the E(4) approximation. We also show how polarization-sensitive SERS experiments permit one to evaluate independently the excitation and the re-radiation enhancement factors accessing the orientation-averaged non-diagonal components of the molecular Raman polarizability tensor.
Fazio, B; D'Andrea, C; Bonaccorso, F; Irrera, A; Calogero, G; Vasi, C; Gucciardi, Pg; Allegrini, Maria; Toma, A; Chiappe, D; Martella, C; de Mongeot, Fb
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