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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 2 — Feb. 10, 2009

10000 times volume reduction for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy using nano-antennas

Laura C. Estrada, Pedro F. Aramendía, and Oscar E. Martínez  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 25, pp. 20597-20602 (2008)

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We present an experimental and theoretical study of a new scheme for Near-Field Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy that, using the field enhancement by optical nanoantennas, allows the reduction of the observation volume 4 orders of magnitude below the diffraction limit. This reduction can be used in two different ways: to increase the sample concentration and to improve the spatial resolution of the dynamics under study. Our experimental results using individual gold nanoparticles and a 150µM Rose Bengal solution in glycerol confirm the volume reduction.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy

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Original Manuscript: October 10, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2008
Published: November 26, 2008

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Vol. 4, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Laura C. Estrada, Pedro F. Aramendía, and Oscar E. Martínez, "10000 times volume reduction for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy using nano-antennas," Opt. Express 16, 20597-20602 (2008)

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