Plasmonic nanostructures are intensively studied for their ability to create electromagnetic hot spots, where a great variety of optical and spectroscopic processes can be amplified. Understanding how to control the formation of hot spots in a dynamic and reversible way is crucial to further expand the panorama of plasmon enhanced phenomena. In this work, we investigate the ability to modulate the hot spots in magnetic– plasmonic iron-doped silver nanoparticles dispersed in aqueous solution, by applying an external magnetic field. Evidence of magnetic field induction of hot spots was achieved by measuring the amplification of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) from analytes dispersed in the solution containing Ag–Fe NPs. A polymeric shell was introduced around Ag–Fe NPs to confer colloidal stability, and it was found that the length and density of the polymer chains have a significant influence on SERS performance, and therefore on the formation of electromagnetic hot spots, under the action of the external magnetic field. These findings are expected to provide an important contribution to understanding the growing field of tuneable electromagnetic enhancement by external stimuli, such as magnetic fields applied to magnetic–plasmonic nanoparticles.

Magnetic tuning of SERS hot spots in polymer-coated magnetic–plasmonic iron–silver nanoparticles

Polizzi, Stefano;Amendola, Vincenzo
2019

Abstract

Plasmonic nanostructures are intensively studied for their ability to create electromagnetic hot spots, where a great variety of optical and spectroscopic processes can be amplified. Understanding how to control the formation of hot spots in a dynamic and reversible way is crucial to further expand the panorama of plasmon enhanced phenomena. In this work, we investigate the ability to modulate the hot spots in magnetic– plasmonic iron-doped silver nanoparticles dispersed in aqueous solution, by applying an external magnetic field. Evidence of magnetic field induction of hot spots was achieved by measuring the amplification of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) from analytes dispersed in the solution containing Ag–Fe NPs. A polymeric shell was introduced around Ag–Fe NPs to confer colloidal stability, and it was found that the length and density of the polymer chains have a significant influence on SERS performance, and therefore on the formation of electromagnetic hot spots, under the action of the external magnetic field. These findings are expected to provide an important contribution to understanding the growing field of tuneable electromagnetic enhancement by external stimuli, such as magnetic fields applied to magnetic–plasmonic nanoparticles.
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