Shuyi Liu, Borja Cirera, Yang Sun, Ikutaro Hamada, Melanie Müller, Adnan Hammud, Martin Wolf, and Takashi Kumagai:
Nano Lett. 20 (8 ), 5879–5884 (2020), pp. 6;
Tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) in ångström-scale plasmonic cavities has drawn increasing attention. However, Raman scattering at vanishing cavity distances remains unexplored. Here we show the evolution of TERS in transition from the tunneling regime to atomic point contact (APC). A stable APC is reversibly formed in the junction between an Ag tip and ultrathin ZnO or NaCl films on the Ag(111) surface at 10 K. An abrupt increase of the TERS intensity occurs upon APC formation for ZnO, but not for NaCl. This remarkable observation is rationalized by a difference in hybridization between the Ag tip and these films, which determines the contribution of charge transfer enhancement in the fused plasmonic junction. The strong hybridization between the Ag tip and ZnO is corroborated by the appearance of a new vibrational mode upon APC formation, whereas it is not observed for the chemically-inert NaCl.
The original publication is available by link DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c01791