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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 12318–12326

Nanoscale optical properties of metal nanoparticles probed by Second Harmonic Generation microscopy

Hong Shen, Ngoc Nguyen, David Gachet, Vincent Maillard, Timothée Toury, and Sophie Brasselet  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 12318-12326 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.012318


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Abstract

We report spatial and vectorial imaging of local fields’ confinement properties in metal nanoparticles with branched shapes, using Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy. Taking advantage of the coherent nature of this nonlinear process, the technique provides a direct evidence of the coupling between the excitation polarization and both localization and polarization specificities of local fields at the sub-diffraction scale. These combined features, which are governed by the nanoparticles’ symmetry, are not accessible using other contrasts such as linear optical techniques or two-photon luminescence.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3900) Materials : Metals
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 15, 2013
Published: May 13, 2013

Virtual Issues
Vol. 8, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Hong Shen, Ngoc Nguyen, David Gachet, Vincent Maillard, Timothée Toury, and Sophie Brasselet, "Nanoscale optical properties of metal nanoparticles probed by Second Harmonic Generation microscopy," Opt. Express 21, 12318-12326 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-10-12318


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