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Novel Concepts In Near-Field Optics: From Magnetic Near-Field To Optical Forces, Honghua Yang Jan 2015

Novel Concepts In Near-Field Optics: From Magnetic Near-Field To Optical Forces, Honghua Yang

Physics Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Driven by the progress in nanotechnology, imaging and spectroscopy tools with nanometer spatial resolution are needed for in situ material characterizations. Near-field optics provides a unique way to selectively excite and detect elementary electronic and vibrational interactions at the nanometer scale, through interactions of light with matter in the near-field region. This dissertation discusses the development and applications of near-field optical imaging techniques, including plasmonic material characterization, optical spectral nano-imaging and magnetic field detection using scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM), and exploring new modalities of optical spectroscopy based on optical gradient force detection.

Firstly, the optical dielectric functions ...


Optical And Electronic Interactions At The Nanoscale, Michael Edward Turk Jan 2015

Optical And Electronic Interactions At The Nanoscale, Michael Edward Turk

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

In this dissertation, we discuss optical and electronic interactions in three nanometer scale semiconductor systems in a broadly defined sense. These studies are performed using time-integrated and time-resolved optical spectroscopies and temperature- and field-dependent electrical transport measurements. We first discuss the construction and optimization of an optical apparatus for performing broadband, time-integrated and sub-picosecond fluorescence and absorption measurements. Using this apparatus, we then characterize the impact on the optically-excited carrier relaxation dynamics of cadmium selenide quantum dots due to a surface treatment previously shown to increase interparticle coupling, namely the solution exchange of native, aliphatic ligands for thiocyanate followed by ...