Diamond Materials

Diamond Materials for Quantum Application

23. September 2014: The DFG research group FOR 1493 “Diamond Materials and Quantum Applications” goes into its second funding period. FOR1493 is a national research consortium funded by the Deutsche Forsch-ungsgemeinschaft.

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Coherent Raman Scattering (CRS) Microscopy

A subject of wide interest in the modern Material and Life Sciences is the noninvasive characterization of the structure and dynamics of molecular species within a complex heterogeneous system, i.e. a living cell or tissues, through advanced optical microscopy. For molecular species that either do not fluoresce or cannot tolerate the toxicity associated with fluorophore labeling, their intrinsic molecular vibrational properties can be used as contrast mechanisms in vibrational microscopy. The signal-to-background limitations inherent to conventional spontaneous Raman and IR detection schemes can be circumvented by exploiting the coherent driving and detection of Raman modes in coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) and stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy, the latter of which was first successfully demonstrated by Nandakumar et al. in 2005 in Stuttgart. CRS detection significantly enhances the Raman scattering signal by several orders of magnitude. Our current research activities are focusing on the methodological advancement of CRS microscopy for the quantitative and three-dimensional mapping of chemical and physical structure information of biomolecular species under in-vivo conditions.

For recent Review articles see:

  • A. Volkmer (2005) J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 38:R59-R81 (Topical Review).
  • A. Volkmer, Chapter 6: Coherent Raman scattering microscopy, in Emerging Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications of Raman Spectroscopy Eds. P. Matousek and M. Morris, 2009 (Springer- Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, Tokyo, ISBN: 978-3-642-02648-5).

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