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Optical imaging with a single-molecule light source

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5 Author(s)
Michaelis, J. ; Fachbereich Phys., Konstanz Univ., Germany ; Hettich, C. ; Henkel, C. ; Mlynek, J.
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Summary form only given. With the advent of scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) ultrahigh-resolution optical microscopy has attracted renewed interest. Although after more than a decade the conventional mode of SNOM that uses a subwavelength aperture has bottomed out at a resolution of roughly 50 nm, an unlimited resolution could be expected in optical near-field microscopy. One of the conceptually simplest configurations for reaching a nearly molecular resolution is replacing a physical aperture by a single molecule as a point-like source. We present our experimental as well as theoretical results on imaging an object using the fluorescence of a single molecule.

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Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, 2000. (QELS 2000). Technical Digest

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12-12 May 2000