Influencing the angular emission of a single molecule


Gersen, H. and Garcia-Parajo, M.F. and Novotny, L. and Veerman, J.A. and Kuipers, L. and Hulst, N.F. van (2000) Influencing the angular emission of a single molecule. Physical Review Letters, 85 (25). pp. 5312-5315. ISSN 0031-9007

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Abstract:We present the first experimental proof for the influence of a nearby nanosized metal object o­n the angular photon emission by a single molecule. Using a novel angular sensitive detection scheme, we directly quantify the redirection of angular emission for different molecular dipole orientations as an object is scanned laterally over the molecule at different heights. An excellent agreement between experiments and 2D- numerical simulations is found for molecules oriented perpendicular to the sample, whereas, for parallel orientations, the observed behavior contradicts the calculated behavior.
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