OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters


  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2009
  • pp: 1255–1257

Double-grating-structured light microscopy using plasmonic nanoparticle arrays

S. Liu, Chin-Jung Chuang, C. W. See, G. Zoriniants, W. L. Barnes, and M. G. Somekh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 8, pp. 1255-1257 (2009)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (165 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Structured illumination increases the spatial bandwidth of optical microscopes. We demonstrate bandwidth extension using a physical grating placed close to the sample. This comprises an array of elongated nanoparticles, whose localized surface plasmon resonance is polarization dependent. By arranging the particle orientation to vary with position the grating can be moved by changing the input polarization. A projected optical grating provides an additional independent mechanism for bandwidth extension. Experimental results showing bandwidth improvement in one direction are presented, and the measures necessary to extend the technique for routine imaging are discussed.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.4850) Imaging systems : Optical transfer functions
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(350.5730) Other areas of optics : Resolution
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:

Original Manuscript: November 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 2009
Published: April 10, 2009

Virtual Issues
Vol. 4, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

S. Liu, Chin-Jung Chuang, C. W. See, G. Zoriniants, W. L. Barnes, and M. G. Somekh, "Double-grating-structured light microscopy using plasmonic nanoparticle arrays," Opt. Lett. 34, 1255-1257 (2009)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. R. Heintzmann and C. Cremer, Proc. SPIE 3568, 185 (1998). [CrossRef]
  2. M. G. Somekh, K. Hsu, and M. C. Pitter, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 1319 (2008). [CrossRef]
  3. R. Heintzmann, T. M. Jovin, and C. Cremer, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 1599 (2002). [CrossRef]
  4. A. Sentenac, K. Belkebir, H. Giovannini, and P. C. Chaumet, Opt. Lett. 33, 255 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. M. Cheng and H. Zhang, “Apparatus and method for super-resolution optical microscopy,” international patent application WO 2005/078382 A1 (August 25, 2005).
  6. Z. Liu, S. Durant, H. Lee, Y. Pikus, N. Fang, Y. Xiong, C. Sun, and X. Zhang, Nano Lett. 7, 403 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. G. Zoriniants and W. L. Barnes, New J. Phys. 10, 105002 (2008). [CrossRef]
  8. A. F. Koenderink, J. V. Hernndez, F. Robicheaux, L. D. Noordam, and A. Polman, Nano Lett. 7, 745 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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.


Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited