Nanometer-resolution scanning optical microscope with resonance excitation of the fluorescence of the samples from a single-atom excited center

  • S. K. Sekatskii
  • V. S. Letokhov
Atoms, Spectra and Radiation


A scanning optical microscope whose active element (the tip) consists of a crystal containing impurity ions or color centers, which are excited by laser radiation, is proposed. The excitation energy from a single impurity center located at the point of the tip is transferred to the fluorescence centers of the experimental sample by the mechanism of resonant dipole-dipole exchange. It is shown that this approach can give nanometer spatial resolution with high sensitivity, which in many cases is much higher than the sensitivity of the “standard” near-field fluorescence microscopy.


Color Radiation Microscopy Elementary Particle Laser Radiation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. K. Sekatskii
    • 1
  • V. S. Letokhov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of SpectroscopyRussian Academy of SciencesTroitsk, Moscow RegionRussia

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