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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 12 — Jun. 7, 2010
  • pp: 12788–12797

Average enhancement factor of molecules-doped coreshell (Ag@SiO2) on fluorescence

Jiunn-Woei Liaw, Chuan-Li Liu, Wei-Min Tu, Chieh-Sheng Sun, and Mao-Kuen Kuo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 12, pp. 12788-12797 (2010)

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Average enhancement factor (AEF) of a coreshell (Ag@SiO2) on the fluorescence of molecules doped within the silica shell is proposed and studied to estimate the overall performance of a large number of coreshells. Using Mie theory and dyadic Green’s functions, the enhancement factor (EF) of a coreshell is first calculated for any arbitrarily oriented and located electric dipole embedded in the shell. AEF is then obtained by averaging the individual EF over all possible orientations and positions of the electric dipoles. AEF of a FITC-doped coreshell (radius of Ag core: 25 nm, thickness of shell: 15 nm) irradiated by a laser of 488 nm for FITC’s emission at 518 nm is 2.406. It is much smaller than the maximum EF (30.114) of a coreshell containing a single molecule with a radial orientation at its optimal position. For Alexa 430-doped coreshell excited at 428 nm, AEF is 12.34 at the emission of 538 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer
(260.2510) Physical optics : Fluorescence
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: April 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2010
Published: May 28, 2010

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Jiunn-Woei Liaw, Chuan-Li Liu, Wei-Min Tu, Chieh-Sheng Sun, and Mao-Kuen Kuo, "Average enhancement factor of molecules-doped coreshell (Ag@SiO2) on fluorescence," Opt. Express 18, 12788-12797 (2010)

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