Dark-Field Scattering and Local SERS Mapping from Plasmonic Aluminum Bowtie Antenna Array

Micromachines (Basel). 2019 Jul 13;10(7):468. doi: 10.3390/mi10070468.


On the search for the practical plasmonic materials beyond noble metals, aluminum has been emerging as a favorable candidate as it is abundant and offers the possibility of tailoring the plasmonic resonance spanning from ultra-violet to the infrared range. In this letter, in combination with the numerical electromagnetic simulations, we experimentally study the dark-field scattering spectral mapping of plasmonic resonance from the free-standing Al bowtie antenna arrays and correlate their strong nearfield enhancement with the sensing capability by means of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. The spatial matching of plasmonic and Raman mapping puts another step to realize a very promising application of free-standing Al bowtie antennas for plasmonic sensing.

Keywords: SERS; aluminum; bow-tie antenna; dark-field scattering; plasmonics.