Local-field enhancement in an optical force metallic nanotrap: Application to single-molecule spectroscopy

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Applied Optics, 2006, 45 (21), pp. 5185 - 5190
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We study the local-field enhancement in a nanocavity created by optical nanomanipulation. Recently we showed that a metallic probe can modify the optical force experienced by a metallic particle and generate a material selective trapping potential. We show that the same configuration used for optical forces can be used to control both in magnitude and tune the local-field enhancement around the particle at resonance. The spatial resolution and material selectivity of this technique, allied to its capability to manipulate particles at the nanometric level, may offer a new and versatile way to achieve surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy at the single-molecule level. © 2006 Optical Society of America.
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