Date of Award
Level of Access Assigned by Author
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Michael D. Mason
Second Committee Member
David J. Neivandt
Third Committee Member
Samuel T. Hess
Understanding surface and interfacial lateral organization in material and biological systems is critical in nearly every field of science. The continued development of tools and techniques viable for elucidation of interfacial and surface information is thus necessary to address new questions and further current investigations. Sum frequency spectroscopy is a label free nonlinear optical technique with inherent surface specificity that can yield inter- facial organizational information. Here I detail the construction and function of a hybrid sum frequency spectroscopy spectral imaging and confocal fluorescence imaging micro- scope directly amenable to surface investigations. I additionally detail two surface related studies: investigations of support induced perturbations in solid and cushioned phospho- lipid bilayers fabricated by Langmuir-Blodgett/Langmuir Schäfer techniques using z-scan fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, and comparison of a Raman active, novel geome- try, gold nanoprobe with a popular organic fluorophore for imaging applications.
Allgeyer, Edward S., "Development of Instrumentation for Sum Frequency Spectral Imaging Combined with Confocal Fluorescence Imaging and Additional Topics" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1641.
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