Influencing the angular emission of a single molecule

H. Gersen, M.F. Garcia Parajo, L. Novotny, J.A. Veerman, L. Kuipers, N.F. 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.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)5312-5315
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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