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This month in Micscape

21 Avril 2010 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Fancy lab

My recent Micscape article focuses on the Wild Heerbrugg M20 microscope's binocular head and its effects on imaging. In my opinion, the M20 is simply the best stand for amateur microscopy, balancing optical quality, cost, and size.

 

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CNRS INSIS Highlights 2010

21 Avril 2010 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Recent research work

Our endoscope system to detect and analyse single molecule fluorescence has recently been highlighted by the CNRS Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences. See the article here. (French only, sorry). Another description (in English) can be found in a previous article on this blog.

 

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European Master Nano Photonics

14 Avril 2010 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Nanophotonics pick

 

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The Master for Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics aims at giving an extensive two-year teaching program from fundamentals to advanced research topics in Photonics and its interdisciplinary applications.

 

 

The application for European Union students is currently open. See the link here.

 

 

What are the advantages of this program ?

  • state-of-the-art teaching on truly modern photonics (not 19th century physics)
  • prestigious Erasmus Mundus EU program 
  • Up to 10 000 € / year scholarship
  • International culture exchange among students (20 students selected, 8 from EU and 12 non-EU).
  • Experience the boiling student ambiances of Marseille, Karlsruhe and Barcelona

In one sentence : get best teaching, money & warm atmosphere. What do you expect more ? Apply NOW !


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(I wish I had such an opportunity while I was student in the gloomy Paris suburbs...)

SPIE Photonics West Proceedings 2

2 Avril 2010 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Recent research work

Following in SPIE Photonics West conference in last January, we have a second proceedings paper published. This one corresponds to an invited contribution.

 

Enhanced fluorescence from metal nanoapertures: physical characterizations and biophotonic applications
J. Wenger, H. Aouani, D. Gérard, S. Blair, T.W. Ebbesen and H. Rigneault Proc. of SPIE, Proc. SPIE Vol. 7577, pp.75770J (2010)

 

A personal reprint can be found here.

 

The major contribution of this proceedings paper is to provide with the most general figures to predict the fluorescence enhancement factors by nanoapertures for almost every kind of fluorescent molecule. This knowledge is essential to discuss the ability to detect low-quantum yield species.

 

We also report of the following new results :

- detailed physical characterization of this phenomenon for apertures milled in gold and aluminum

-  first demonstration of single metal nanoapertures to perform DNA hybridization sensing

 

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SPIE Photonics West Proceedings 1

2 Avril 2010 , Rédigé par JW Publié dans #Recent research work

Following in SPIE Photonics West conference in last January, we have a proceedings paper published.

 

High-efficiency single molecule fluorescence detection and correlation spectroscopy with dielectric microspheres
H. Aouani, N. Djaker, J. Wenger, and H. Rigneault, Proc. of SPIE, Proc. SPIE Vol. 7571, pp.75710A (2010)

 

A personal reprint can be found here.

 

We report of the following new results :

- microspheres made of high refractive index melamine resin provide a seven-fold fluorescence enhancement on single molecules.

- this effect can be used to increase the signal-to-noise ratio in fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and reduce the experiment integration time by fifty-fold.

- first description of dual-color fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy (FCCS) enhanced by a microsphere.

 

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