Optical Sciences

Biomolecules and nanostructures

The Optical Sciences group studies the interaction of light and matter. Our current focus is on detection and sensing/imaging with an emphasis on the development of integrated photonics. We are part of Twente University's Department of Science and Technology and member of the MESA+ institute.


Time-varying triplet state lifetimes of single molecules

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Veerman JA, Garcia-Parajo MF, Kuipers L, van Hulst NF
vol 83 issue 11: p2155-p2158 SEP 13 1999

It is found that triplet state lifetimes and intersystem crossing yields of individual molecules embedded in a polymer host at room temperature are not constant in time. The range over which the triplet lifetime of a single molecule varies during long observation times shows a strong similarity with the distribution of lifetime values obtained during short observation times of many individual molecules dispersed in space. The similarity is an elegant manifestation of the ergodic principle of statistical physics.
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