Small things bright and beautiful: Single molecule fluorescence detection

Osborne, Mark (2007) Small things bright and beautiful: Single molecule fluorescence detection. In: Davis, AG and Thompson, JMT (eds.) ADVANCES IN NANOENGINEERING: ELECTRONICS, MATERIALS AND ASSEMBLY. Royal Society Series on Advances in Science, 3 . Imperial College Press, London, pp. 283-312. ISBN 1860947514

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Single molecule detection has become instrumental in our understanding of the molecular world. The ability to perform experiments molecule by molecule and probe directly the static and dynamic disorder in a system has revealed new insights into a range of fundamental problems in physics, chemistry, and biology. These insights are now laying the foundations for engineering devices such as optical switches and photonicwires at the molecular level. Of the many single molecule techniques available, fluorescence microscopy has proved an invaluable tool by virtue of its high sensitivity, time-resolution, noninvasive nature, and compatibility with other spectroscopic techniques. The development of specific detection modalities has allowed amultitude of previously impracticable experiments to be realized, fromphoton antibunching to single particle tracking in living cells. Advances in fluorescent probe design, detectors, modes of acquisition and data analysis will undoubtedly push single molecule techniques to new limits of sensitivity and into new areas of application.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Chemistry
Depositing User: Mark Osborne
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:44
Last Modified: 31 May 2012 14:38
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