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Near Infrared Fluorescence Enhancement by Local Surface Plasmon Resonance from Arrayed Gold Nanoblocks

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The near infrared (NIR) fluorescence enhancement by local surface plasmon resonanoce from arrayed gold (Au) nanoblocks was investigated by NIR fluorescent dyes, IR780, immobilized in hydrophobic DNA thin film on glass substrates, to clarify the gap mode effect on the fluorescence enhancement. In the substrate with Dimer type Au nanoblock arrangement, average total fluorescence intensity was larger by 10.0, 2.4, and 12.4 times for non-polarized, P- and S- polarization as compared with that on a glass substrate alone, respectively. These findings suggested that enhancement of excitation light intensity at nanogap in the Dimer type Au nanoblock arrangement affected the fluorescence intensity. Average total fluorescence intensity, on the other hand, was smaller by 0.63 times as compared with that on a glass substrate alone in the checkerboard type Au array. It is suggested that the fluorescence quenching was caused by the energy transfer from the excited state of IR780 to Au nanoblocks or by the increased deactivation of excited dye molecules induced by resonance with Au nanoblocks at the checkerboard arrangement. We have firstly achieved the NIR fluorescence enhancement by LSPR due to the gap mode.

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F. Ito, R. Ohta, Y. Yokota, K. Ueno, H. Misawa and T. Nagamura, "Near Infrared Fluorescence Enhancement by Local Surface Plasmon Resonance from Arrayed Gold Nanoblocks," Optics and Photonics Journal, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2013, pp. 27-31. doi: 10.4236/opj.2013.31005.


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