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Plasmon Nano-Optics: Designing Novel Nano-Tools for Biology and Medicine

  • Romain QuidantEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 167)


Light plays a growing role in health science especially with the recent developments of new optical techniques that enable imaging biological processes down to the molecular scale and monitor dynamically physiological mechanisms in patients. In parallel, recent groundbreaking advances in nanotechnologies have opened new perspectives in medicine, for instance in creating new therapies or designing novel compact and highly sensitive diagnostic platforms. In this chapter, the aim is to discuss recent research that sits at the convergence of photonics, nanotechnology, and health. This research is based on the extraordinary optical properties of metallic nanoparticles (MNP) supporting Localized Surface Plasmon (LSP) (see Chap.  4). We discuss how plasmonic MNP can be used as nano-sources of either light or heat for biological and medical applications.


Localize Surface Plasmon Resonance Gold Nanorods Electromagnetically Induce Transparency Optical Tweezer Optical Trapping 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICFO-Institut de Ciencies FotoniquesCastelldefelsSpain
  2. 2.ICREA-Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)BarcelonaSpain

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