Almost 30 years after the first reports on surface-enhanced Raman signals, the phenomenon of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is now well established. Yet, explaining the enhancement of a spectroscopic signal by fouteen orders of magnitude continues to attract the attention of physicists and chemists alike. And, at the same time and rapidly growing, SERS is becoming a very useful spectroscopic tool with exciting applications in many fields. SERS gained particular interest after single-molecule Raman spectroscopy had been demonstrated. This bookl summarizes and discusses present theoretical approaches that explain the phenomenon of SERS and reports on new and exciting experiments and applications of the fascinating spectroscopic effect.
Table of Contents
The Basic Physics Behind SERS.- The Electromagnetic Theory of SERS.- SERS Active Nanostructures.- Coupled Plasmonic-Photonic Effects, the Electronic Mechanisms in SERS.- SERS from Transition Metals.- Modern Experimental Aspects of SERS: Single Molecule Raman Spectroscopy.- Statistics of Temporal Fluctuations in Single Molecule SERS.- Vibrational Pumping and Anti-Stokes SERS.- Surface Enhanced Hyper-Raman Sscattering.- Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS).- Surface Enhanced Resonance Raman Scattering (SERRS) and Fluorescence.- Applications of SERS: SERRS of Green Fluorescence Protein.- Surface-Enhanced Vibrational Spectroelectrochemistry.- SERS Nanosensor for a Chemical Probe in Living Cells.- Adaptive Plasmonic Nanostructures for Biomolecular Sensing.- SERS - Glucose Sensing.- SERRS for Quantitative Analysis.- SERS for Rapid Analysis in Microbiological Systems.- SERS for Biomedical Diagnostics.- Ultrasensitive Immunoassays Using SERS.- SERS for Detecting Chemical Agents.