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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 10 — Nov. 8, 2013

Third- and second-harmonic generation microscopy of individual metal nanocones using cylindrical vector beams

Godofredo Bautista, Mikko J. Huttunen, Juha M. Kontio, Janne Simonen, and Martti Kauranen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 19, pp. 21918-21923 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.021918


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Abstract

We demonstrate third- (THG) and second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy of individual silver nanocones using tightly focused cylindrical vector beams (CVBs). Although THG is expected to be a weaker process than SHG, the yield for THG with radial polarization was higher than for SHG. We also found an excellent correlation between the imaging properties of THG and SHG, suggesting that both are governed by the same overall features of the individual nanocone. We also found that the transverse spatial resolution of THG with CVBs, particularly RP, exceeds that of SHG. Our work establishes the potential of THG microscopy with CVBs for structure-sensitive imaging of three-dimensional (3D) metal nano-objects.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3900) Materials : Metals
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: July 24, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 1, 2013
Published: September 10, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Godofredo Bautista, Mikko J. Huttunen, Juha M. Kontio, Janne Simonen, and Martti Kauranen, "Third- and second-harmonic generation microscopy of individual metal nanocones using cylindrical vector beams," Opt. Express 21, 21918-21923 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-19-21918


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