Hayk Harutyunyan

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We investigate graphene and graphene layers on different substrates by monochromatic and white-light confocal Rayleigh scattering microscopy. The image contrast depends sensitively on the dielectric properties of the sample as well as the substrate geometry and can be described quantitatively using the complex refractive index of bulk graphite. For a few(More)
Ensemble and single-molecule spectroscopy demonstrates that both emission and absorption of peridinin-chlorophyll-protein photosynthetic antennae can be largely enhanced through plasmonic interactions. We find up to 18-fold increase of the chlorophyll fluorescence for complexes placed near a silver metal layer. This enhancement, which leaves no measurable(More)
We investigate the nonlinear optical response of a noble metal surface. We derive the components of the third-order nonlinear susceptibility and determine an absolute value of χ((3))≈0.2 nm(2) V(-2), a value that is more than two orders of magnitude larger than the values found for typical nonlinear laser crystals. Using nonlinear four-wave mixing (4WM)(More)
We introduce and experimentally demonstrate the concept of multifrequency optical antennas that are designed for controlling the nonlinear response of materials. These antennas consist of two arms of different lengths, each resonant with one of the incoming frequencies. They are embedded in a nonlinear medium (indium tin oxide) that acts as a receiver.(More)
Dark-field microscopy is a background-free imaging method that provides high sensitivity and a large signal-to-noise ratio. It finds application in nanoscale detection, biophysics and biosensing, particle tracking, single molecule spectroscopy, X-ray imaging, and failure analysis of materials. In dark-field microscopy, the unscattered light path is(More)
We studied the exciton decay dynamics of individual semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes at room temperature using time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy. The photoluminescence decay from nanotubes of the same ͑n , m͒ type follows a single exponential decay function, however, with lifetimes varying between about 1 and 40 ps from nanotube to(More)
We show that new low-energy photoluminescence (PL) bands can be created in the spectra of semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes by intense pulsed excitation. The new bands are attributed to PL from different nominally dark excitons that are "brightened" because of a defect-induced mixing of states with different parity and/or spin. Time-resolved PL(More)
It is widely believed that the reflection minimum in a Kretschmann-Raether experiment results from direct coupling into surface plasmon polariton modes. Our experimental results provide a surprising discrepancy between the leakage radiation patterns of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) launched on a layered gold/germanium film compared to the K-R minimum,(More)
UNLABELLED The aggregates of amyloid beta peptides (Aβs) are regarded as one of the main pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). An imbalance between the rates of synthesis and clearance of Aβs is considered to be a possible cause for the onset of AD. Dipeptidyl peptidases II and IV (DPPII and DPPIV) are serine proteases removing N-terminal(More)
We study the interaction between a planar Fabry-Perot microcavity and a single embedded gold nanoparticle. We record spatially resolved white-light transmission spectra and show that the interaction between microcavity and nanoparticle gives rise to a redshift of the cavity modes, in accordance with the Bethe-Schwinger cavity perturbation formula. The(More)
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