Superresolution microscopy with quantum emitters

Osip Schwartz, Jonathan M. Levitt, Ron Tenne, Stella Itzhakov, Zvicka Deutsch, Dan Oron

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The optical diffraction limit imposes a bound on imaging resolution in classical optics. Over the last twenty years, many theoretical schemes have been presented for overcoming the diffraction barrier in optical imaging using quantum properties of light. Here, we demonstrate a quantum superresolution imaging method taking advantage of nonclassical light naturally produced in fluorescence microscopy due to photon antibunching, a fundamentally quantum phenomenon inhibiting simultaneous emission of multiple photons. Using a photon counting digital camera, we detect antibunching-induced second and third order intensity correlations and perform subdiffraction limited quantum imaging in a standard wide-field fluorescence microscope.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5832-5836
Number of pages5
JournalNano letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 11 2013


  • Superresolution
  • optical microscopy
  • photon antibunching
  • quantum dots
  • quantum imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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