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)

 

A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE OPTICAL BEAM DEFLECTION TECHNIQUE FOR USE IN ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY

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PUTMAN CAJ, DEGROOTH BG, VANHULST NF, GREVE J
JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS
vol 72 issue 1: p6-p12 JUL 1 1992

A Michelson interferometer and an optical beam deflection configuration (both shot noise and diffraction limited) are compared for application in an atomic force microscope. The comparison shows that the optical beam deflection method and the interferometer have essentially the same sensitivity. This remarkable result is explained by indicating the physical equivalence of both methods. Furthermore, various configurations using optical beam deflection are discussed. All the setups are capable of detecting the cantilever displacements with atomic resolution in a 10 kHz bandwidth.
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