Aaaarrrrgggghhhhh…. I finally submitted that doomed paper to this high-impact factor physics journal. Took me a too long time to write it down, and to get it into the limited article length :o((
For those interested, here is the abstract :
We resolve the photokinetic rates enhancement of Rhodamine 6G molecules in single nanometric apertures milled in an opaque aluminum film. Combining fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and lifetime measurements, we detail the relative influence of excitation, radiative and non-radiative decay on the emission process, and describe the physics underneath the overall 15 fold fluorescence enhancement. This procedure is broadly adaptable to a wide range of nanostructures.