OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters


  • Vol. 22, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 1997
  • pp: 120–122

Use of a scanning near-field optical microscope architecture to study fluorescence and energy transfer near a metal

Thierry Pagnot, Dominique Barchiesi, Daniel Van Labeke, and Christian Pieralli  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 120-122 (1997)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (277 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Fluorescence intensity depends strongly on the distance between the emitting molecule and a metallic interface. We show that a scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) is a simple and versatile tool for studying such an effect. The fluorescent molecules are embedded in a layer upon a silica substrate, and metal is coated on the SNOM tip. We present variations of fluorescence intensity versus tip–sample distance from 800 to ~80 nm . A simple model is used to explain the experimental results. The proposed setup could be used to study nonradiative transfer at a nanometric scale. It could also yield to a new type of optical near-field profiler that uses fluorescent signal.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

Thierry Pagnot, Dominique Barchiesi, Daniel Van Labeke, and Christian Pieralli, "Use of a scanning near-field optical microscope architecture to study fluorescence and energy transfer near a metal," Opt. Lett. 22, 120-122 (1997)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. H. Kuhn, J. Chem. Phys. 53, 101 (1970).
  2. K. H. Drexhage, in Progress in Optics XII (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1974) p. 165.
  3. R. R. Chance, A. Prock, and R. Silbey, Adv. Chem. Phys. 27, 1 (1977).
  4. G. S. Agarwal, Phys. Rev. A 12, 1475 (1975).
  5. H. F. Arnoldus and T. F. George, J. Chem. Phys. 87, 4263 (1987).
  6. A. Adams, R. W. Rendell, W. P. West, H. P. Broida, P. K. Hansma, and H. Metiu, Phys. Rev. B 21, 5565 (1980).
  7. A. Campion, A. R. Gallo, C. B. Harris, H. J. Robota, and P. M. Whitmore, Chem. Phys. Lett. 447 (1980).
  8. R. Rossetti and L. E. Brus, J. Chem. Phys. 76, 1146 (1982).
  9. H. F. Hess, E. Betzig, T. D. Harris, L. N. Pfeiffer, and K. W. West, Science 264, 1740 (1994).
  10. E. Betzig and R. J. Chichester, Science 262, 1422 (1993).
  11. X. S. Xie and R. C. Dunn, Science 265, 361 (1994).
  12. W. E. Moerner, T. Plakhotnik, T. Irngartinger, U. P. Wild, D. W. Pohl, and B. Hecht, Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 2764 (1994).
  13. J. D. Pedarnig, M. Specht, and T. W. Hansch, International Conference on Near-Field Optics, O. Marti R. Möller, eds. (Kluwer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1995), p. 151.
  14. D. Barchiesi, T. Pagnot, C. Pieralli, and D. Van Labeke, Proc. SPIE 2384, 90 (1995).
  15. Ch. Girard, O. J. F. Martin, and A. Dereux, Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 3098 (1995).
  16. E. Betzig, J. K. Trautman, T. D. Harris, J. S. Weiner, and R. S. Kostelak, Science 251, 1468 (1991).
  17. A. Jalocha, C. Pieralli, Pure Appl. Opt. 3, 793 (1994).
  18. G. A. Valaskovick, M. Hotton, and G. H. Morisson, Appl. Opt. 19, 3793 (1995).
  19. D. Barchiesi, Opt. Commun. 126, 7 (1996).

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited