Polarized Nano-Optics

Authored by: Sophie Brasselet

21 Century Nanoscience – A Handbook

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780815356417
eBook ISBN: 9780429351617
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Optical microscopy is an extraordinary tool for the investigation of phenomena that occur at the submicrometric scale in molecular, biological, synthetized, or nanofabricated samples. Optical imaging, and in particular fluorescence, allows to image complex processes with a spatial resolution of a few hundreds of nanometers, in real time, over large field of views (typically hundreds of micrometers). Light microscopy is a unique technique to investigate biomolecule functions (Sahl, Hell, & Jakobs, 2017) or to observe light propagating within complex nanostructures (Jiang, Zhuo, & Wang, 2018), thanks to its capacity to generate signals from local subnanometric sources, potentially with coherent properties that make them controllable in time and space.

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