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Prof. Dr. Juergen Popp
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp

Photonics meets Life and Material Science

Raman spectrum of AcetamidophenolThe research interests of the work group are mainly concerned with biophotonics and material sciences. In particular, the development and application of innovative Raman techniques for biomedical diagnostics as well as environmental and food analysis is at the heart of our interest.

Raman spectroscopy and its various techniques (Raman microscopy, resonance Raman spectroscopy, surface enhancement techniques, CARScoherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering etc.) are very powerful tools in biophotonics and material sciences due to the following unique characteristics of the Raman effect:

  • high specificity (i. e. molecular fingerprint information)
  • high sensitivity by employing Raman signal enhancing techniques like surface enhanced Raman scattering or resonance Raman spectroscopy
  • high spatial resolution in combination with a microscope or with AFMatomic force microscopy/‌SERSsurface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
  • extremely fast by utilizing non-linear Raman processes like CARScoherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering