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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 3 — Feb. 29, 2012

The role of chiral local field enhancements below the resolution limit of Second Harmonic Generation microscopy

V. K. Valev, B. D. Clercq, X. Zheng, D. Denkova, E. J. Osley, S. Vandendriessche, A. V. Silhanek, V. Volskiy, P. A. Warburton, G. A. E. Vandenbosch, M. Ameloot, V. V. Moshchalkov, and T. Verbiest  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 256-264 (2012)

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While it has been demonstrated that, above its resolution limit, Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy can map chiral local field enhancements, below that limit, structural defects were found to play a major role. Here we show that, even below the resolution limit, the contributions from chiral local field enhancements to the SHG signal can dominate over those by structural defects. We report highly homogeneous SHG micrographs of star-shaped gold nanostructures, where the SHG circular dichroism effect is clearly visible from virtually every single nanostructure. Most likely, size and geometry determine the dominant contributions to the SHG signal in nanostructured systems.

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OCIS Codes
(240.4350) Optics at surfaces : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: August 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2011
Published: December 20, 2011

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Vol. 7, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

V. K. Valev, B. D. Clercq, X. Zheng, D. Denkova, E. J. Osley, S. Vandendriessche, A. V. Silhanek, V. Volskiy, P. A. Warburton, G. A. E. Vandenbosch, M. Ameloot, V. V. Moshchalkov, and T. Verbiest, "The role of chiral local field enhancements below the resolution limit of Second Harmonic Generation microscopy," Opt. Express 20, 256-264 (2012)

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