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Chromatic Aberration Short-wave Infrared Spectroscopy: Nanoparticle Spectra without a Spectrometer.
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PMID:  23286305     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A new method is described for measuring the short-wave infrared (SWIR) emission wavelengths of numerous individual nanoparticles without using a dedicated spectrometer. Microscope objectives designed for use at visible wavelengths often show severe axial chromatic aberration in the SWIR. This makes coplanar objects emitting at different SWIR wavelengths appear to focus at different depths. After this aberration has been calibrated for a particular objective lens, the depth at which an emissive nanoparticle appears brightest and best focused can be used to deduce its peak emission wavelength. The method is demonstrated using a dilute, structurally polydisperse sample of single-walled carbon nanotubes deposited onto a microscope slide. Discrete emission centers in this sample have different peak wavelengths corresponding to specific nanotube structural species. A set of images was recorded at stepped focus settings and analyzed to find the sharpest focus depth of each nanotube. The chromatic aberration calibration curve converted these depths into peak emission wavelengths with a spectral resolution better than 3 nm, allowing identification of each nanotube's structure. Chromatic aberration spectroscopy is a practical tool for using existing microscopic equipment to extract significant spectral information on coplanar nanoparticle samples that emit or scatter light.
Jason K Streit; Sergei M Bachilo; R Bruce Weisman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Analytical chemistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1520-6882     ISO Abbreviation:  Anal. Chem.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370536     Medline TA:  Anal Chem     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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