Un séminaire thématique franco-japonais sur la nanophotonique est organisé du 07 au 09 novembre 2011 au Japon (région Ise Kanko, entre Osaka et Tokyo). L'objectif est de permettre une meilleure connaissance des acteurs japonais de la nanophotonique et des technologies correspondantes.
Pour tout renseignement, contactez daniel.bloch[@NOSPAM]univ-paris13.fr
Subwavelength apertures milled in metallic films are receiving a growing interest to tailor light at the nanoscale, and improve the detection methods of single molecules.
In an article published in the July 04th issue of Optics Express, we quantify the influence of the number of circular corrugations surrounding a central nanoaperture to further enhance the fluorescence emission per molecule. This work has three aspects of general interest:
1) We quantify both the excitation and emission gains contributing to the fluorescence enhancement, providing the first complete characterization of corrugated apertures as the number of corrugations is increased.
2) We demonstrate efficient single molecule detection with fluorescence rates clearly above 10,000 counts/second with a simple low NA lens.
3) We show that a single groove milled around a nanoaperture already provides a supplementary 3.5 fold increase in the fluorescence enhancement as compared to a bare nanoaperture. This constitutes the first experimental observation of the effect numerically predicted in Bonod et al, Optics Express 16, 2276-2287 (2008).
Below are a few articles that I recently selected for the OMNT.
“Video-Rate Molecular Imaging in Vivo with Stimulated Raman Scattering” ; Brian G. Saar,
Christian W. Freudiger, Jay Reichman, C. Michael Stanley, Gary R. Holtom, X. Sunney Xie, Science 330, 1368 (2010).
“Imaging Individual Proteins and Nanodomains on Intact Cell Membranes with a Probe-Based Optical Antenna”, Thomas S. van Zanten, Maria J. Lopez-Bosque, and Maria F. Garcia-Parajo, Small 6, 270-275 (2010).
“Plasmon nano-optical tweezers” ; Mathieu Juan, Maurizio Righini, Romain Quidant, Nature Photonics 5, 349 (2011).
Remember that the different OMNT publications are freely available to any researcher working in a CNRS or CEA connected laboratory (UMR, UPR...).
The international journal of optics features a special issue focusing on optical antennas. Read the call for papers here. According to the lead guest editor, already twelve articles are scheduled from major research groups. Deadline for papers 1st september.