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P. James Schuck

physicist: Molecular Foundry

Media contact: Aditi Risbud (510) 486-4861


Jim Schuck's expertise lies in the field of nanoscale optical imaging spectroscopy for the investigation of physical, chemical and biological processes with nanometer-scale accuracy and sub-picosecond time resolution. These new ultrasensitive spectroscopic probing modalities will use linear and non-linear contrast mechanisms as tools to study condensed-phase and biological structures in the quantum and single-molecule dimensions.

Recent research

Toward complete control of localized light: plasmonic devices, optically resonant nanoantennas, and nanoscale imaging spectroscopy
The recent invention of single metallic optical nanoantennas has greatly improved the mismatch between light and nanometer-scale objects. An ultimate design goal is to place a nanoantenna on a scanning probe, thus yielding an extremely intense near-field optical light source with high local contrast that has applications as diverse as ultrasensitive biological detection, nanolithography, high-density data storage and high resolution optical microscopy and spectroscopy.

Recent Publications

A. McLeod, A. Weber-Bargioni, Z. Zhang, S. Dhuey, B. Harteneck, J. B. Neaton, S. Cabrini, P. James Schuck, “Nonperturbative visualization of nanoscale plasmonic field distributions via photon localization microscopy, ” Phys. Rev. Lett., 106, 037402, editor's suggestion (2011)

A. Weber-Bargioni, A. Schwartzberg, M. Cornaglia, A. Ismach, J.J. Urban, Y.J. Pang, R. Gordon, J. Bokor, M.B. Salmeron, D.F. Ogletree, S. Cabrini, P.J. Schuck, “Hyperspectral Nanoscale Imaging on Dielectric Substrates with Coaxial Optical Antenna Scan Probes, ” Nano Letters, in press (2011)

P. J. Schuck, D. P. Fromm, A. Sundaramurthy, G. S. Kino, W. E. Moerner, “Improving the mismatch between light and nanoscale objects with gold bowtie nanoantennas.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 017402 (2005)

Awards and Memberships

Member, American Physical Society

Member, Materials Research Society

Member, Optical Society of America

In the News

Bowties Looking Sharp – New Nano ColorSorters from Molecular Foundry

Nanocrystals Reveal Activity Within Cells


B.A. in Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Yale University


last updated: 2011-01-21 15:47:51