The surface-enhanced Raman excitation profiles (REPs) of rhodamine 6G (R6G) on Ag surfaces are studied using a tunable optical parametric oscillator excitation source and versatile detection scheme. These experiments afford the ability to finely tune the excitation wavelength near the molecular resonance of R6G (i.e., ~500-575 nm) and perform wavelength-scanned surface-enhanced Raman excitation measurements of a single molecule. The ensemble-averaged surface-enhanced REPs are measured for collections of molecules on Ag island films. The relative contributions of the 0-0 and 0-1 vibronic transitions to the surface-enhanced REPs vary with vibrational frequency. These results highlight the role of excitation energy in determining the resonance Raman intensities for R6G on surface-enhancing nanostructures. Single-molecule measurements are obtained from individual molecules of R6G on Ag colloidal aggregates, where single-molecule junctions are located using the isotope-edited approach. Overall, single-molecule surface-enhanced REPs are narrow in comparison to the ensemble-averaged excitation profiles due to a reduction in inhomogeneous broadening. This work describes the first Raman excitation spectroscopy studies of a single molecule, revealing new information previously obscured by the ensemble.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry