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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 5 — Mar. 5, 2007
  • pp: 2273–2287

A common-path interferometer for time-resolved and shot-noise-limited detection of single nanoparticles

Meindert A. van Dijk, Markus Lippitz, Daniël Stolwijk, and Michel Orrit  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 5, pp. 2273-2287 (2007)

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We give a detailed description of a novel method for time-resolved experiments on single non-luminescent nanoparticles. The method is based on the combination of pump-probe spectroscopy and a common-path interferometer. In our interferometer, probe and reference arms are separated in time and polarization by a birefringent crystal. The interferometer, fully described by an analytical model, allows us to separately detect the real and imaginary contributions to the signal. We demonstrate the possibilities of the setup by time-resolved detection of single gold nanoparticles as small as 10 nm in diameter, and of acoustic oscillations of particles larger than 40 nm in diameter.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(300.6500) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, time-resolved

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: October 25, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 21, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 26, 2006
Published: March 5, 2007

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Meindert A. van Dijk, Markus Lippitz, Daniel Stolwijk, and Michel Orrit, "A common-path interferometer for time-resolved and shot-noise-limited detection of single nanoparticles," Opt. Express 15, 2273-2287 (2007)

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