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Measurement of the Raman Line Widths of Neat Benzenethiol and a Self-Assembled Monolayer (SAM) of Benzenethiol on a Silver-Coated Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Substrate

Volume 66, Number 7 (July 2012) Page 740-743

ROSHAN L. AGGARWAL,* LEWIS W. FARRAR, NATHAN G. GREENELTCH, RICHARD P. VAN DUYNE, and DENNIS L. POLLA


Raman line widths of neat benzenethiol and a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of benzenethiol on a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate have been measured using a mini spectrometer with a resolution (full width at half-maximum) of 3.3 ± 0.2 cm−1. Values of 7.3 ± 0.7, 4.6 ± 0.6, 2.4 ± 0.6, 3.2 ± 0.5, 8.8 ± 0.9, and 11.0 ± 1.1 cm−1 have been determined for the Raman line widths of the 414, 700, 1001, 1026, 1093, and 1584 cm−1 modes of neat benzenethiol. Values of 13.3 ± 0.7, 9.1 ± 0.7, 5.1 ± 0.6, 5.9 ± 0.6, 13.3 ± 0.5, and 8.7 ± 0.5 cm−1 have been determined for the SERS line widths of a benzenethiol SAM on a silver-coated SERS substrate for the corresponding frequency-shifted modes at 420, 691, 1000, 1023, 1072, and 1574 cm−1. The line widths for the SERS modes at 420, 691, 1000, 1023, and 1072 cm−1 are about a factor of two larger than those of the corresponding Raman modes. However, the line width of the SERS mode at 1574 cm−1 is slightly smaller than the corresponding Raman mode at 1584 cm−1.



Index Headings: Raman line width; Surface-enhanced Raman scattering; SERS; Self-assembled monolayers; SAM.