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Monday, 26 October, 2009

Mechanism of Near-Field Raman Enhancement in One-Dimensional Systems

L. G. Cançado, A. Jorio, A. Ismach, E. Joselevich, A. Hartschuh and L. Novotny -
Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 186101 (2009)

We develop a theory of near-field Raman enhancement in one-dimensional systems, and report supporting experimental results for carbon nanotubes. The enhancement is established by a laser-irradiated nanoplasmonic structure acting as an optical antenna. The near-field Raman intensity is inversely proportional to the 10th power of the separation between the enhancing structure and the one-dimensional system. Experimental data obtained from single-wall carbon nanotubes indicate that the Raman enhancement process is not significantly influenced by the specific phonon eigenvector, and is mainly defined by the properties of the nanoplasmonic structure.


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