Single Molecule Spectroscopy: Nobel Conference Lectures

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R. Rigler, M. Orrit, T. Basche
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Science - 355 pages
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One often hears that nanoscience or, in other words, the knowledge and control of matter at length scales of a few nanometers, will be the scientific frontier of the 21st century. Although it has become almost commonplace, this prediction deserves some justification. The technological and scientific stakes of nanoscience indeed encompass many fields of science: they include the ultimate miniaturization of electronic devices to acquire, store, and process information, and also such basic endeavors as understanding the microscopic processes and patterns responsible for the physical properties of materials, or the many unsolved questions raised by the astoundingly intricate workings of living matter. Although the dream of observing and controlling matter at molecular scales is nearly as old as the very concept of molecules, earlier attempts at practical realizations were hampered by a scarcity of suitable access to the nanoworld. During the last two decades of the 20th century, owing to the several new tools which have been developed to address objects at nanometer scales, the nanoworld appears closer than ever, within our reach! A major class of methods in nanoscience are local probe microscopies such as scanning tunnelling or atomic force microscopies. They require scanning a sharp tip with molecular dimensions across the surface of the sample under study and, by direct action of the tip on the sample, they make nano-manipulations possible. The present book is devoted to another class of methods, the selection and study of single, optically active nano-objects by purely optical means.
 

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Contents

History of Optical Trapping and Manipulation of Small
1
Thirteen Years of SingleMolecule Spectroscopy
32
Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy
34
The Electronic Structure of Single Photosynthetic
62
A Mechanistic Study
82
Thomas Basché Department of Chemistry
98
Triggered Emission of Single Photons by a Single Molecule
99
Photophysics of Conjugated Polymers Unmasked by Single
114
The Characterization of a Transmembrane Receptor
195
Applications of DualColor Confocal Fluorescence
211
SingleMolecule Enzymology
227
N J Dovichi R Polakowski A Skelley D B Craig J Wong
241
Hans Frauenfelder ETH Zentrum
258
The Energy Landscape
260
Coherent Intramolecular Dynamics
292
SingleMolecule Dynamics Associated with Protein
313

Katrin Kneipp
120
Confining and Probing Single Molecules
130
Single Molecule Detection Using Near Infrared
144
SingleMolecule Fluorescence Each Photon Counts
161
The Study of Single Biomolecules
326
Kirstin FriedrichBénet Massachusetts Institute of Technology
336
Index
353
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