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)


Characterization of Sierpinski carpet optical antenna at visible and near-infrared wavelengths

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Ting Lee Chen, Dirk Jan Dikken, Jord C Prangsma, Frans Segerink and Jennifer L Herek
New Journal of Physics
vol 16 (2014) p 093024, sept 19, 2014

We present fabrication, characterization, and simulation results on an optical antenna inspired by the Sierpinski carpet fractal geometry for operation in the visible and near-infrared wavelength regions. Measurements and simulations of the far-field scattering efficiency indicate a broadband optical response. Two-photon photoluminescence images provide maps of the near-field intensity distribution, from which we extract an enhancement factor of ˜ 70. To explore the effect of morphology on the optical response of a large assembly of particles, we also present results on an arbitrarily chosen pseudo-random configuration as well as a periodic array.
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