Image force microscopy of molecular resonance: A microscope principle

Rajapaksa, I.; Uenal, K.; Wickramasinghe, H. Kumar
August 2010
Applied Physics Letters;8/16/2010, Vol. 97 Issue 7, p073121
Academic Journal
We demonstrate a technique in microscopy which extends the domain of atomic force microscopy to optical spectroscopy at the nanometer scale. We show that molecular resonance of feature sizes down to the single molecular level can be detected and imaged purely by mechanical detection of the force gradient between the interaction of the optically driven molecular dipole and its mirror image in a platinum coated scanning probe tip. This microscopy and spectroscopy technique is extendable to frequencies ranging from radio to infrared and the ultraviolet.


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