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Florian Kulzer, Ted Xia and Michel Orrit Single Molecules as Optical Nanoprobes for Soft and Complex Matter Angewandte Chemie International Edition 49

Article first published online: 5 JAN 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200904858

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Hit singles: Single-molecule optical approaches have opened a new way of exploring the properties of materials on nanometer scales. For example, a confocal image of perylenediimide, an organic dye molecule, in a thin film of supercooled glycerol reveals a spatially dynamical heterogeneity (see picture). This Review highlights the recent main uses of the single molecules in studies of condensed matter, in particular soft and complex matter.

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