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Special issue on a 90-year journey towards light from the intramolecular universe

  • Light: Advanced Manufacturing  5, Article number: (2024)
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  • [1] Zi, J. C. et al. Effect of near-field optical angular momentum on molecular junctions. Light:Advanced Manufacturing 4, 34 (2023). doi: 10.37188/lam.2023.034
    [2] Dong, X. R. et al. Tip-induced bond weakening, tilting, and hopping of a single CO molecule on Cu(100). Light:Advanced Manufacturing 3, 52 (2022). doi: 10.37188/lam.2022.052
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    [4] Liao, C. R. et al. Design and realization of 3D printed fiber-tip microcantilever probes applied to hydrogen sensing. Light:Advanced Manufacturing 3, 5 (2022). doi: 10.37188/lam.2022.005
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    [6] Sun, X. Q. et al. A quasi-3D Fano resonance cavity on optical fiber end-facet for high signal-to-noise ratio dip-and-read surface plasmon sensing. Light:Advanced Manufacturing 3, 46 (2022). doi: 10.37188/lam.2022.046
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    [8] Xu, Y. L. et al. 3D-printed facet-attached microlenses for advanced photonic system assembly. Light: Advanced Manufacturing 4, 3 (2023). doi: 10.37188/lam.2023.003
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Special issue on a 90-year journey towards light from the intramolecular universe

  • 1. Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Tübingen 72074, Germany
  • 2. Jihua Laboratory, Foshan 528200, China
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    Dai Zhang,

    Hai Bi,


  • Over the past nearly 90 years, scientists have gradually revealed the mysteries of intramolecular motion and chemical bonds through continuous research and innovation. In 1928, Irish scientist E. Synge proposed a method to overcome the limit of classical optical resolution, which laid the foundation for the subsequent development of scanning near-field optical microscopes. Near-field optical microscopy continues to push optical resolution to new records, well beyond the diffraction limit of traditional optical microscopy. By overcoming the resolution limit of classical optics, scientists have gradually achieved in-depth understanding of intramolecular motions. The combination of Raman spectroscopy and scanning near-field optical microscopy further improves the spatial resolution of chemical identification capability down to Angstrom level, and the full spatial mapping of various intrinsic vibrational modes in the intramolecular universe can be revealed. The ability of such Angstrom-resolved spatial resolution to determine the chemical structure of unknown molecules arouse extensive interests of researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, materials, biology, and stimulated active research to explore the underlying super-resolution mechanisms, to interpret the experimental data, and to mature the technique for wider applications.

    With this special issue ‘Nanospectroscopy, nanooptics and nanofabrication’, we wish to highlight the rapid experimental and theoretical advances of this burgeoning interdisciplinary field, as well as to provide an account of its peculiar challenges and future prospects. Advances in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of optical resolution at the nanometer and Angstrom regime, novel simulation methods, and applications of these fundamental mechanisms are the main components. Furthermore, this special issue aims at promoting novel fabrication techniques which allow to reproduce the nano- or pico-scale environment for the near-field confinement, which deem to improve or open up enormous new horizontal of the research topics in the field of nanooptics, nanospectrosopy and picospectroscopy.

    Topics of interest include but are not limited to

    · New techniques and theories related to the tip-enhanced optical spectroscopy1, 2

    · New techniques and theories related to the near-field confinement and excitation dynamics3

    · Novel technologies for ultrahigh-precision nano-fabrication4-8

    · Light-matter interactions in the nanometer, and quantum regimes9-12

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