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.


Near-field fluorescence imaging with 32 nm resolution based on microfabricated cantilevered probes

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Eckert R, Freyland JM, Gersen H, Heinzelmann H, Schurmann G, Noell W, Staufer U, de Rooij NF
vol 77 issue 23: p3695-p3697 DEC 4 2000

High-resolution near-field optical imaging with microfabricated probes is demonstrated. The probes are made from solid quartz tips fabricated at the end of silicon cantilevers and covered with a 60-nm-thick aluminum film. Transmission electron micrographs indicate a continuous aluminum layer at the tip apex. A specially designed instrument combines the advantages of near-field optical and beam-deflection force microscopy. Near-field optical data of latex bead projection patterns in transmission and of single fluorophores have been obtained in constant-height imaging mode. An artifact-free optical resolution of 31.7 +/-3.6 nm has been deduced from full width at half maximum values of single molecule images. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics. [S0003-6951(00)05449-8].
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