Image field theory of enhanced Raman scattering by molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces: Detailed comparison with experimental results

George C. Schatz*, Richard P. Van Duyne

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An image field theory of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy is used to study the dependence of Raman intensities on light frequency, nature of the adsorbate and metal, electrode potential, scattering angle and light polarization. Although the image field enhancement (IFE) theory is at best a crude approximation to the true enhancement mechanism, we do find quite reasonable agreement between the IFE predictions and most existing experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-438
Number of pages14
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Dec 1980


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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