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Grafting fluorescent nanodiamonds onto optical tips

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Aurelien Cuche, Aurelien Drezet

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Universite´ Joseph Fourier, Institut Neel, BP 166, Grenoble, 38042 France

Jean-Francois Roch, Francois Treussart

Ecole Normale Supe´rieure de Cachan and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Unite Mixte de Recherche, Laboratoire de Photonique Quantique & Mole´culaire, Cachan, France

Serge Huant

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Universite´ Joseph Fourier, Institut Neel, BP 166, Grenoble, 38042 France

J. Nanophoton. 4(1), 043506 (March 9, 2010). doi:10.1117/1.3374237
History: Received October 30, 2009; Revised March 3, 2010; Accepted March 3, 2010; March 9, 2010; Online March 09, 2010
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Abstract

We recently introduced an all-optical method for grafting onto the apex of an optical tip a single 20 nm nanodiamond with single color-center occupancy and used the resulting single-photon tip in scanning near-field imaging at room temperature, thereby achieving a genuine scanning single-photon microscopy working in ambient conditions. A variant of this method is described that allows for attaching several nanodiamonds onto the tip apex, releasing them all at once and finally recapturing them one by one by the scanning tip. This underlines the flexibility and powerfulness of our method and its variant that could be used in applications where a fixed number of selected optically active nano-objects requires positioning, or repositioning, at well defined locations with nanometer accuracy.

© 2010 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Citation

Aurelien Cuche ; Aurelien Drezet ; Jean-Francois Roch ; Francois Treussart and Serge Huant
"Grafting fluorescent nanodiamonds onto optical tips", J. Nanophoton. 4(1), 043506 (March 9, 2010). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3374237


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