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Novel Setups

  • Jan Becker
Chapter
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Abstract

Several techniques have been used to extract optical spectra of single plasmonic nanoparticles (Kalkbrenner et al. 2004; Van Dijk et al. 2005; Arbouet et al. 2004), most efficiently using dark-field microscopy. This setup investigates the spectrum of an individual nanoparticle by dispersing the scattered light with a spectrometer and capturing it with a connected charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. In setups used until now, one single particle is imaged onto a small pinhole in front of a spectrometer. Therefore it is only possible to investigate one single particle at the same time. The investigation of many particles was realized by manual moving each particle separately into the focus, which results in a very time consuming measurement. In this chapter I describe the development of a novel setup (fastSPS setup, Sect. 5.1), which measures the spectrum of all particles in the field of view automatically. Furthermore many particles are investigated at the same time, which results in an enormous decrease of the time needed for the measurement and the ability to monitor the spectra of many particles continuously in parallel.

Keywords

Gold Nanorods Plasmon Mode Entrance Slit Polarization Pattern Polarization Anisotropy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MainzMainzGermany

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