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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 19 — Sep. 23, 2013
  • pp: 22139–22144

Nanoscale resolution for fluorescence microscopy via adiabatic passage

Juan Luis Rubio, Daniel Viscor, Veronica Ahufinger, and Jordi Mompart  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 19, pp. 22139-22144 (2013)

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We propose the use of the subwavelength localization via adiabatic passage technique for fluorescence microscopy with nanoscale resolution in the far field. This technique uses a Λ-type medium coherently coupled to two laser pulses: the pump, with a node in its spatial profile, and the Stokes. The population of the Λ system is adiabatically transferred from one ground state to the other except at the node position, yielding a narrow population peak. This coherent localization allows fluorescence imaging with nanometer lateral resolution. We derive an analytical expression to asses the resolution and perform a comparison with the coherent population trapping and the stimulated-emission-depletion techniques.

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(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

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Original Manuscript: June 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 16, 2013
Published: September 12, 2013

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Juan Luis Rubio, Daniel Viscor, Veronica Ahufinger, and Jordi Mompart, "Nanoscale resolution for fluorescence microscopy via adiabatic passage," Opt. Express 21, 22139-22144 (2013)

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