Surface-enhanced ultrafast two-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy with engineered plasmonic nano-antennas

Lev Chuntonov, Igor V. Rubtsov

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Abstract

Development of noble metal nanostructure substrates that provide strong near-field enhancements enables applications of linear and nonlinear infrared (IR) spectroscopies to study minute sample quantities, such as nanometer thick films and molecular monolayers. Large near-field enhancements of the electric fields used for spectroscopic interrogation of molecules at the nanostructure surface result in enhancement of the spectroscopic signatures. This enhancement scales with the nonlinear order of the method, providing particularly large signal gains for third- and fifth-order IR methods, reaching 106 and 108 raw enhancement factors, not adjusted to the amount of interrogated sample. In this perspective, we overview the advances in the development of nano-arrays of antenna-like nanostructures for mid-IR measurements and illustrate their use in linear and especially nonlinear two-dimensional IR approaches. We discuss how studies of the interaction mechanisms between light, plasmonic antennas, and molecular excitations benefit from the nonlinear two-dimensional time-resolved methods, which involve high-order scaling of the signal with the excitation field, high sensitivity to signal localization, and coherence of the excitation over a broad bandwidth. On the other hand, we demonstrate how studies of molecular structure and ultrafast dynamics by these advanced spectroscopic methods benefit from surface enhancement of signals by plasmonic antennas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number050902
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume153
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Aug 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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