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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 15308–15313

Enhancing surface plasmon resonances of metallic nanoparticles by diatom biosilica

Fanghui Ren, Jeremy Campbell, Xiangyu Wang, Gregory L. Rorrer, and Alan X. Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 13, pp. 15308-15313 (2013)

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Diatoms are single-celled algaes that make photonic-crystal-like silica shells or frustules with hierarchical micro- & nano-scale features consisting of two-dimensional periodic pores. This article reports the use of diatom frustules as an integration platform to enhance localized surface plasmon resonances of self-assembled silver nanoparticles (NPs) on the surface of diatom frustules. Theoretical and experimental results show enhanced localized surface plasmons due to the coupling with the guided-mode resonances of the frustules. We observed 2 × stronger optical extinction and over 4 × higher sensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman scattering of Rhodmine 6G from the NPs-on-diatom than the NPs-on-glass structure.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(160.1435) Materials : Biomaterials
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

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Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: April 30, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 7, 2013
Published: June 19, 2013

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Fanghui Ren, Jeremy Campbell, Xiangyu Wang, Gregory L. Rorrer, and Alan X. Wang, "Enhancing surface plasmon resonances of metallic nanoparticles by diatom biosilica," Opt. Express 21, 15308-15313 (2013)

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