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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 22 — Oct. 26, 2009
  • pp: 19969–19980

Near-field optical microscopy with a nanodiamond-based single-photon tip

Aurélien Cuche, Aurélien Drezet, Yannick Sonnefraud, Orestis Faklaris, François Treussart, Jean-François Roch, and Serge Huant  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 22, pp. 19969-19980 (2009)

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We introduce a point-like scanning single-photon source that operates at room temperature and offers an exceptional photostability (no blinking, no bleaching). This is obtained by grafting in a controlled way a diamond nanocrystal (size around 20 nm) with single nitrogen-vacancy color-center occupancy at the apex of an optical probe. As an application, we image metallic nanostructures in the near-field, thereby achieving a near-field scanning single-photon microscopy working at room temperature on the long term. Our work may be of importance to various emerging fields of nanoscience where an accurate positioning of a quantum emitter is required such as for example quantum plasmonics.

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OCIS Codes
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

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Original Manuscript: September 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 28, 2009
Published: October 19, 2009

Aurélien Cuche, Aurélien Drezet, Yannick Sonnefraud, Orestis Faklaris, François Treussart, Jean-François Roch, and Serge Huant, "Near-field optical microscopy with a nanodiamond-based single-photon tip," Opt. Express 17, 19969-19980 (2009)

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