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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 5 — Mar. 17, 2010

Small volume excitation and enhancement of dye fluorescence on a 2D photonic crystal surface

L. C. Estrada, O. E. Martinez, M. Brunstein, S. Bouchoule, L. Le-Gratiet, A. Talneau, I. Sagnes, P. Monnier, J. A. Levenson, and A. M. Yacomotti  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 3693-3699 (2010)

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We demonstrate an easy-to-implement scheme for fluorescence enhancement and observation volume reduction using photonic crystals (PhCs) as substrates for microscopy. By normal incidence coupling to slow 2D-PhC guided modes, a 65 fold enhancement in the excitation is achieved in the near field region (100 nm deep and 1 µm wide) of the resonant mode. Such large enhancement together with the high spatial resolution makes this device an excellent substrate for fluorescence microscopies.

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OCIS Codes
(180.1790) Microscopy : Confocal microscopy
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: November 16, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 27, 2009
Published: February 5, 2010

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

L. C. Estrada, O. E. Martinez, M. Brunstein, S. Bouchoule, L. Le-Gratiet, A. Talneau, I. Sagnes, P. Monnier, J. A. Levenson, and A. M. Yacomotti, "Small volume excitation and enhancement of dye fluorescence on a 2D photonic crystal surface," Opt. Express 18, 3693-3699 (2010)

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