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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2010

Photothermal heterodyne holography of gold nanoparticles

E. Absil, G. Tessier, M. Gross, M. Atlan, N. Warnasooriya, S. Suck, M. Coppey-Moisan, and D. Fournier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 780-786 (2010)

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We report a method based on heterodyne numerical holography associated to photothermal excitation for full field and three-dimensional localisation of metallic nanoparticles. A modulated pump laser (λ = 532 nm) heats several particles, creating local refractive index changes. This modulation is detected using a probe and a local oscillator beam 
(λ = 785 nm), frequency-shifted to create a hologram beating at low frequency. Tens of particles, down to diameters of 10 nm, can be localised simultaneously and selectively in three dimensions with near- diffraction resolution by a numerical reconstruction of a single hologram acquired 
in 5 s.

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(180.6900) Microscopy : Three-dimensional microscopy
(190.4870) Nonlinear optics : Photothermal effects
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography

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Original Manuscript: August 25, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 15, 2009
Published: January 6, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

E. Absil, G. Tessier, M. Gross, M. Atlan, N. Warnasooriya, S. Suck, M. Coppey-Moisan, and D. Fournier, "Photothermal heterodyne holography of gold nanoparticles," Opt. Express 18, 780-786 (2010)

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