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)

 

Spectral phase shaping for high resolution CARS

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A. C. W. van Rhijn, S. Postma, J. P. Korterik, J. L. Herek, and H. L. Offerhaus
SPIE proceedings
vol 7183 p.71830X february 13, 2009
doi:10.1117/12.808792

By spectral phase shaping of both the pump and probe pulses in coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) spectroscopy we demonstrate the extraction of the frequencies of vibrational lines using an unamplified oscillator. Furthermore we demonstrate chemically selective broadband CARS microscopy on a mixed sample of 4 μm diameter polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) beads. The CARS signal from either the PS or the PMMA beads is shown to be enhanced or suppressed, depending on the phase profile applied to the broadband spectrum. Using a combination of negative and positive (sloped) π-phase steps in the pump and probe spectrum the purely non-resonant background signal is removed.
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