We demonstrate a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate consisting of SiO2 -Ag "post-cap" nanostructures with an underlying silver film fabricated by the glancing angle deposition technique. Electromagnetic simulations predict that SERS enhancement is strongly polarization-dependent, consistent with experimental measurements. Optimized coupling between Ag cap nanoparticles and the underlying silver film can be achieved by controlling the thickness of SiO2 post sandwiched between them to significantly enhance local electric-field intensity and to increase the density of electromagnetic hot spots. A maximum SERS enhancement factor of 2.38× 109 within the hot spot region is demonstrated, providing sufficient sensitivity for many important applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number153103
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 11 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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