The fluorescence resonance energy-transfer(FRET) process is investigated between donor dye molecules deposited on the sample surface and acceptor dye molecules deposited on the tips of scanning near-field and atomic force microscopes. The FRET process was observed only when the tip acquired contact with the sample and took place in regions of sizes of only a few tens of nanometers with only a few thousands(or even hundreds) of molecules involved. The dependence of the FRET intensity on the tip-sample acting force is recorded and interpreted. In relation to the obtained results, the construction of a previously proposed one-atom FRET SNOM is described.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)