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Probing single molecules in microcavities
Author(s): Michael D. Barnes; N. Lermer; C. Y. Kung; William B. Whitten; J. Michael Ramsey
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Paper Abstract

We describe recent results of experiments probing single molecules in the surface of spherical microcavities. Effects of spatial photoselection have been recently observed through changes in the single-molecule fluorescence photon statistics. In addition to being a sensitive probe of the highly interesting boundary region between classical and quantum mechanics, cavity-modified spontaneous emission and the possibility of single-molecule stimulated emission hold exciting promise as a means of exceeding sensitivity limitations such as photobleaching and absorption saturation in single molecule fluorescence detection. Ongoing efforts such as fluorescence imaging of single molecules on the surface of microspheres and attempts to observe single- molecule stimulated emission will also be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3270, Methods for Ultrasensitive Detection, (15 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308377
Show Author Affiliations
Michael D. Barnes, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
N. Lermer, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
C. Y. Kung, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
William B. Whitten, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
J. Michael Ramsey, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3270:
Methods for Ultrasensitive Detection
Bryan L. Fearey, Editor(s)

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