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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 3291–3298

Temperature mapping near plasmonic nanostructures using fluorescence polarization anisotropy

G. Baffou, M.P. Kreuzer, F. Kulzer, and R. Quidant  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3291-3298 (2009)

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We report on a thermal imaging technique based on fluorescence polarization anisotropy measurements, which enables mapping the local temperature near nanometer-sized heat sources with 300 nm spatial resolution and a typical accuracy of 0.1 °C. The principle is demonstrated by mapping the temperature landscape around plasmonic nano-structures heated by near-infrared light. By assessing directly the molecules’ Brownian dynamics, it is shown that fluorescence polarization anisotropy is a robust and reliable method which overcomes the limitations of previous thermal imaging techniques. It opens new perspectives in medicine, nanoelectronics and nanofluidics where a control of temperature of a few degrees at the nanoscale is required.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.6810) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Thermal effects
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: December 17, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 30, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 30, 2009
Published: February 17, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

G. Baffou, M. P. Kreuzer, F. Kulzer, and R. Quidant, "Temperature mapping near plasmonic nanostructures using fluorescence polarization anisotropy," Opt. Express 17, 3291-3298 (2009)

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