Optical Sciences

Biomolecules and nanostructures

The Optical Sciences group studies the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale. We do this by exploring ways to shape light and its environment. It's what we call active and passive control. Our current focus is on the interaction of light with biomolecules and nanostructures. We are part of Twente University's Department of Science and Technology and member of the MESA+ institute.
We participate in the EU-COST actions MP1102: Coherent Raman microscopy (MicroCor) and CM1202: Supramolecular photocatalytic water splitting (PERSPECT-H2O)


Low-noise rotating sample holder for ultrafast transient spectroscopy at cryogenic temperatures

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Fanciulli R, Cerjak I, Herek JL
Review of Scientific Instruments
vol. 78, issue 5, p053102 may 7, 2007

We present the design and testing of a rotating device that fits within a commercial helium cryostat and is capable of providing at 4 K a fresh sample surface for subsequent shots of a 1-10 kHz amplified pulsed laser. We benchmark this rotator in a transient-absorption experiment on molecular switches. After showing that the device introduces only a small amount of additional noise, we demonstrate how the effect of signal degradation due to high fluence is completely resolved. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.
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