Dual-tip-enhanced ultrafast CARS nanoscopy Academic Article uri icon


  • Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) and, in particular, femtosecond adaptive spectroscopic techniques (FAST CARS) have been successfully used for molecular spectroscopy and microscopic imaging. Recent progress in ultrafast nano-optics provides flexibility in generation and control of optical near fields, and holds promise to extend CARS techniques to the nanoscale. In this theoretical study, we demonstrate ultrafast subwavelentgh control of coherent Raman spectra of molecules in the vicinity of a plasmonic nanostructure excited by ultrashort laser pulses. The simulated nanostructure design provides localized excitation sources for CARS by focusing incident laser pulses into subwavelength hot spots via two self-similar nanolens antennas connected by a waveguide. Hot-spot-selective dual-tip-enhanced CARS (2TECARS) nanospectra of DNA nucleobases are obtained by simulating optimized pump, Stokes and probe near fields using tips, laser polarization- and pulse-shaping. This technique may be used to explore ultrafast energy and electron transfer dynamics in real space with nanometre resolution. 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Ballmann, C. W., Cao, B., Sinyukov, A. M., Sokolov, A. V., & Voronine, D. V.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Ballmann, Charles W||Cao, Bin||Sinyukov, Alexander M||Sokolov, Alexei V||Voronine, Dmitri V

publication date

  • August 2014