Single molecule spectroscopy

This is a topic of quantum optics, pioneered by the experiments of Kador and W. Moerner[1] who observed the absorption of a single dye molecule. Moerner would get the Chemistry Nobel prize (2014) for this. The first antibunching from a single molecule was reported by Basché et al.[2].

See Ref. [3] for a nice review.


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  2. Photon antibunching in the fluorescence of a single dye molecule trapped in a solid. T. Basché, W. E. Moerner, M. Orrit and H. Talon in Phys. Rev. Lett. 69:1516 (1992).
  3. Statistical Evaluation of Single Nano‐Object Fluorescence. M. Lippitz, F. Kulzer and M. Orrit in ChemPhysChem 6:770 (2005).