Abstract

We describe chalcogenide glass (ChG)-based nanostructures for use as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Such substrates were fabricated by exploiting the photosensitivity of ChG. This allows convenient control of the shape, size, and spacing of the nanostructures. The substrates were used to investigate the sample-concentration and excitation-power dependences of SERS from Rhodamine 6G molecules. A sensitivity of 1μM was achieved at low excitation irradiance, and a semilinear concentration dependence was found for concentrations below 100μM, demonstrating the potential of these ChG-based SERS substrates for high-sensitivity quantitative analysis.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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