By Professor Dr. Rudolf Rigler, Dr. Michel Orrit, Professor Dr. Thomas Basché (auth.)
This booklet surveys contemporary advances relating to the appliance of unmarried molecule ideas in a variety of fields of technological know-how. the themes, every one defined by means of prime specialists within the box, diversity from unmarried molecule experiments in quantum optics and solid-state physics to analogous investigations in actual chemistry and biophysics. A unifying topic of all chapters is the facility of unmarried molecule thoughts to resolve fluctuations and heterogeneities often hidden within the ensemble standard of complicated platforms. the concept that for the ebook originated from a meeting of a few of the world's top scientists on the Nobel convention in Sweden.
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Single Molecule Spectroscopy: Nobel Conference Lectures by Professor Dr. Rudolf Rigler, Dr. Michel Orrit, Professor Dr. Thomas Basché (auth.)