TITLE

High spatial resolution confocal microscope with independent excitation and detection scanning capabilities

AUTHOR(S)
Marcet, S.; Ouellet-Plamondon, C.; Francoeur, S.
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Review of Scientific Instruments;Jun2009, Vol. 80 Issue 6, p063101
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We present the design of a confocal microscope adapted for optical spectroscopy and imaging at cryogenic temperatures. This system is based on the existing approach of partly inserting the optical components of the microscope inside a helium-bath cryostat. It provides a spatial resolution approaching the diffraction limit with a mechanical stability allowing uninterrupted integration times exceeding 10 h and allows keeping track of a single emitter for unlimited periods of time. Furthermore, our design allows scanning the excitation spot and detection area independently of the sample position. This feature provides the means to perform probeless transport experiments on one-dimensional nanostructures. The scanning capabilities of this microscope are fully detailed and characterized using the photoluminescence of single nitrogen dyads at 4.5 K.
ACCESSION #
42961899

 

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