Metal-molecule schottky junction effects in surface enhanced raman scattering

Manas Ranjan Gartia, Tiziana C. Bond, Gang Logan Liu

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We propose a complementary interpretation of the mechanism responsible for the strong enhancement observed in surface enhanced raman scattering (SERS). The effect of a strong static local electric field due to the Schottky barrier at the metal-molecule junction on SERS is systematically investigated. The study provides a viable explanation to the low repeatability of SERS experiments as well as the Raman peak shifts as observed in SERS and raw Raman spectra. It was found that a strong electrostatic built-in field at the metal-molecule junction along specific orientations can result in 2-4 more orders of enhancement in SERS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-328
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 27 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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