Thousand-fold Enhancement of Single-Molecule Fluorescence Near a Single Gold Nanorod


  • H.Y., S.K., and M.O. acknowledge financial support from the European Research Council (Advanced Grant SiMoSoMa). P.Z. acknowledges financial support from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (Veni Fellowship).


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Single molecules: Large enhancements of single-molecule fluorescence up to 1100 times by using synthesized gold nanorods are reported (see picture). This high enhancement is achieved by selecting a dye with its adsorption and emission close to the surface plasmon resonance of the gold nanorods.