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)


Photon scanning tunneling microscopy of tailor-made photonic structures

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Peeters C, Flück E, Otter AM, Balistreri MLM, Korterik JP, Kuipers L, van Hulst NF
vol 77 issue 1: p142-p144 JUL 3 2000

Optical field distributions around individually fabricated subwavelength scatterers mapped with a photon scanning tunneling microscope are presented. The photonic structures are produced from ridge waveguides using focused-ion-beam milling. This flexible technique allows us to make single holes and slits of sizes down to 30 nm. A quantitative analysis of the observed optical pattern due to interference between incoming and reflected light yields insight about subwavelength scatterers in waveguides. We conclude that light scattering into high-loss modes of the waveguide occurs. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics. [S0003-6951(00)01327-9].
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