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Nanostructured Metal-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for DNA Base Detection

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4 Author(s)
Zhiqian Zhu$^{1}$Department of Physics, Key Laboratory for Laser Plasmas (Ministry of Education), State Key Lab of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China ; Li Zhan ; Cailing Hou ; Zhimin Wang

Periodic arrays of subwavelength apertures on Ag film are used as the substrates for nanohole-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. This study presents a rectangular bull's eye structure in an array. We demonstrate the quantitative features of the pattern by the finite-difference time-domain method. This structure is used to enhance the Raman spectroscopy of four DNA bases without labeling. The enhancement factor is up to 106. A 1.5-fold enhancement against the circular pattern experimentally confirms the role of sharp corners. This structure may be used in nucleotide identification and DNA sequencing.

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IEEE Photonics Journal  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 5 )