Influencing the Angular Emission of a Single Molecule

H Gersen, MF Garcia-Parajo, L Novotny, JA Veerman, L Kuipers, NF van Hulst

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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.
Translated title of the contributionInfluencing the Angular Emission of a Single Molecule
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5312 - 5315
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume85 (25)
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2000

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Publisher: The American Physical Society


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