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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 18 — Sep. 5, 2005
  • pp: 6905–6911

Real-time observation of birefringence by laser-scanning surface plasmon resonance microscope

Takuo Tanaka and Satoshi Kawata  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 18, pp. 6905-6911 (2005)

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A laser-scanning surface plasmon resonance microscope was used to observe the birefringence of an anisotropic sample in real-time. Since this system utilizes the resonance of the surface plasmon with incident light, it can measure the absolute value of the sample�??s refractive index with high sensitivity. In addition, this system can simultaneously measure the orientation of the birefringence. This system does not need any moving optical components, and it can thus obtain the refractive indices in real-time. Experimental results of observing birefringence changes in real-time (video rate) are demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(290.3030) Scattering : Index measurements

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: July 26, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 22, 2005
Published: September 5, 2005

Takuo Tanaka and Satoshi Kawata, "Real-time observation of birefringence by laser-scanning surface plasmon resonance microscope," Opt. Express 13, 6905-6911 (2005)

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