Here, we demonstrate that quasi self-standing Au nanorod arrays prepared with plasma polymerisation deposited SiO2 dielectric spacers support surface enhanced fluorescence (SEF) while maintaining high signal reproducibility. We show that it is possible to find a balance between enhanced radiative and non-radiative decay rates at which the fluorescent intensity is maximized. The SEF signal optimised with a 30 nm spacer layer thickness showed a 3.5-fold enhancement with a signal variance of <15% thereby keeping the integrity of the nanorod array. We also demonstrate the decreased importance of obtaining resonance conditions when localized surface plasmon resonance is positioned within the spectral region of Au interband transitions. Procedures for further increasing the SEF enhancement factor are also discussed.
- SILVER-ISLAND FILMS
- SPONTANEOUS EMISSION
- QUANTUM DOTS
Damm, S., Fedele, S., Murphy, A., Holsgrove, K., Arredondo-Arechavala, M., Pollard, R., Barry, J. N., Dowling, D. P., & Rice, J. H. (2015). Plasmon enhanced fluorescence studies from aligned gold nanorod arrays modified with SiO2 spacer layers. Applied Physics Letters, 106(18), . https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4919968