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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1847–1849

Background-free imaging of luminescent nanodiamonds using external magnetic field for contrast enhancement

Robert Chapman and Taras Plakhoitnik  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 11, pp. 1847-1849 (2013)

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We demonstrate a way of contrast increasing in wide-field optical images of diamond nanocrystals containing nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers surrounded by an autofluorescing material, as in the case of intercellular imaging. Subtraction of an image taken in the presence of an external magnetic field of about 25 mT from an image of the same area measured when the field was absent eliminates the background and enhances the contrast because luminescence of the NV centers decreases in the presence of the field while the auto luminescence is not affected.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2220) Materials : Defect-center materials
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: March 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 22, 2013
Published: May 21, 2013

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Robert Chapman and Taras Plakhoitnik, "Background-free imaging of luminescent nanodiamonds using external magnetic field for contrast enhancement," Opt. Lett. 38, 1847-1849 (2013)

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