Working Group 4 – Preparation of a Coherent Textbook on Optical Nanospectroscopy

WG4 Leader:

Norman McMillan (Ireland)

WG4 Co-Leaders:

Sebastian Mackowski (Poland)

Katrin Kneipp (Denmark)

A table of contents for a comprehensive three-volume textbook on Optical Nanospectroscopy aimed at ESRs is devised by this WG. Individual chapters will be assigned to experts within the Action. The textbook will be published as one objective of this Action. A report on the textbook concept can be found here: Report-on-Nanospectroscopy-Textbook-planning.pdf.

Optical Nanospectroscopy – Part 1

  1. Electromagnetic Theory and Basics of Optics
    1. Maxwell equations; Propagating fields, ray theory, optics
    2. Optical microscopy, Abbe principle; Light sources Focusing optics; Dispersion elements (gratings), Detectors
    3. Plasmonics; Mie theory; Bridging the Gap between the Near-Field and Far-Field Responses; evanescent fields; Aperture microscope; surface plasmons; LSPR; gratings
  2. Optical Spectroscopies
    1. What is optical spectroscopy?
    2. Optical absorption
    3. Vibrational spectroscopies: IR and Raman
    4. Fluorescence, single photon (time-resolved), resonance energy transfer
    5. Photoluminescence
    6. Circular dichroism
    7. Non-linear Spectroscopies: SHG, pump-probe; CARS; Hyper-Raman
  3. Nanoscopy and Nanospectroscopies
    1. Far-field: Super-resolution microscopy, STED, PALM, STORM, SIM, SAXS
    2. Nanoantennas and nano-emitters
    3. Electron energy loss spectrosocpy (EELS)
    4. SERS; Enhancement mechanisms; single molecule spectroscopy; SEIRAS
    5. Near-field; Nano-FTIR; TERS; SNOM; Adiabatic plasmon compression
    6. SERS Microfluidics; Drop-technologies

Optical Nanospectroscopy – Part 2

  1. Nanofabrication
    1. Methods for nanofabrication: FIB, EBL, NSL
    2. Metallic nanostructures for SERS and MEF, novel plasmonic and SERS active materials
    3. Organic materials
    4. Carbon nanomaterials
    5. Nanoparticles, QDs & colloids
    6. Hybrid materials, organic/inorganic interfaces
    7. Characterization of nanostructures (TEM, photoemission.,..)
  2. Instrumentation
    1. Light sources
    2. Spectrometers and detectors
    3. Microscopes: Confocal, dark field scattering, ATIR
    4. Scanning probe microscopy, positioning control
    5. Tips for SNOM, tips for TERS
    6. Data processing: Fitting, smoothing, background correction, PCA, multivariate statistics, information theory
  3. Simulations and computer modeling
    1. Finite element method
    2. Finite difference time domain
    3. T-Matrix
    4. Discrete dipole approximation
    5. Density functional theory

Optical Nanospectroscopy - Part 3

  1. Nanospectroscopy in medicine: Cancer and disease diagnosis (SERS)
  2. Biological: Cells, plants
  3. Sensing: Pesticides to explosives
  4. Energy: Solar energy, photosynthetic systems
  5. Optoelectronics, single photon sources, lasers
  6. Quantum systems
  7. Biophotonics
  8. Cultural heritage
  9. Environmental, pollution
  10. Advanced materials
  11. Consumer products