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)

 

Looking at the photodynamics of individual fluorescent molecules and proteins


Garcia-Parajo MF, Veerman JA, Kuipers L, van Hulst NF
PURE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY
vol 73 issue 3: p431-p434 MAR 2001

The photodynamics of individual molecules and fluorescent proteins has been investigated in real time. In the case of organic molecules, both the triplet state lifetime and intersystem crossing yield appear to vary in time and space. In the case of autofluorescent proteins, light-driven "on-off" fluorescence emission has been observed, with a behavior that is consistent with the existence of a long-lived dark state.
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