Abstract

The fluorescence of molecules on silver-island films exhibits nonexponential decay and is several orders of magnitude more rapid than on a silica surface, while the total emission intensity is slightly increased. This behavior results from the electromagnetic coupling between the fluorescing molecules and the plasmon resonances of the silver islands. We obtain good agreement with a model that uses the same theory for the electromagnetic coupling as has been used to account for surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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