Nanoscale chemical imaging using top-illumination tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

We present a new top-illumination scheme for tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) in a gap-mode configuration with illumination and detection in a straightforward fashion perpendicular to the sample surface. This illumination focuses the light tightly around the tip end, which effectively diminishes far-field background contributions during TERS… CONTINUE READING