Cryogenic Single-Molecule Experiments
May 22nd, 2018 MICHAEL ORRIT Leiden University

I shall present an overview of cryogenic single-molecule fluorescence experiments, starting from the first demonstration in 1990. This type of spectroscopy exploits the narrow zero-phonon line of a single molecule, usually imbedded in a molecular crystal or glass. Occasionally, similar experiments can also be done at room temperature, as the NV- center in diamond shows. In this overview contribution, I shall discuss the requirements for single-molecule sharp lines and illustrate the variety and scope of experiments performed in the past 28 years, including spectroscopy, quantum optics, optically detected magnetic resonance, external field effects, and probing of solid-state dynamics. I shall highlight important points and outlooks.

Seminar, May 22, 2018, 15:00. ICFO’s Seminar Room

Hosted by Prof. Frank Koppens