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.


Influencing the angular emission of a single molecule

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Gersen H, Garcia-Parajo MF, Novotny L, Veerman JA, Kuipers L, van Hulst NF
vol 85 issue 25: p5312-p5315 DEC 18 2000

We present the first experimental proof for the influence of a nearby nanosized metal object o­n the angular photon emission by a single molecule. Using a novel angular sensitive detection scheme, we directly quantify the redirection of angular emission for different molecular dipole orientations as an object is scanned laterally over the molecule at different heights. An excellent agreement between experiments and 2D- numerical simulations is found for molecules oriented perpendicular to the sample, whereas, for parallel orientations, the observed behavior contradicts the calculated behavior.
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