Saturated excitation of Fluorescence to quantify excitation enhancement in aperture antennas

Heykel Aouani, Richard Hostein, Oussama Mahboub, Eloïse Devaux, Hervé Rigneault, Thomas W. Ebbesen, Jérôme Wenger

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Fluorescence spectroscopy is widely used to probe the electromagnetic intensity amplification on optical antennas, yet measuring the excitation intensity amplification is a challenge, as the detected fluorescence signal is an intricate combination of excitation and emission. Here, we describe a novel approach to quantify the electromagnetic amplification in aperture antennas by taking advantage of the intrinsic non linear properties of the fluorescence process. Experimental measurements of the fundamental f and second harmonic 2f amplitudes of the fluorescence signal upon excitation modulation are used to quantify the electromagnetic intensity amplification with plasmonic aperture antennas. © 2012 Optical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18085
JournalOptics Express
Issue number16
StatePublished - Jul 23 2012

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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