Dark-field hyperlens: Superresolution imaging and label-free sensing device for biological applications

Project Details


The ability to see and manipulate objects with ever decreasing size in a microscope is paramount to the ongoing development of many areas of modern science and technology, from microelectronics to biology and life sciences. The project goal is to demonstrate a technique enabling to image low-contrast nanoscale biological objects in real time without the need for scanning, fluorescent labelling, or fixation. Such a technique can have as great an impact as the invention of the optical microscope itself.
The project goal is achieved by using artificially engineered metal-dielectric nanostructures (hyperbolic metamaterials) with a unique ability to recover information contained in light waves coming from the object’s subwavelength features. This is contrary to conventional optical systems where the loss of this information limits the resolution. The central idea of the project is engineering the metamaterial so that only the subwavelength information is transmitted, while any other (background) radiation is filtered out, leading to contrast enhancement similar to the dark-field microscopy. As a result, we would combine superior image resolution (a property of hyperbolic metamaterials) and high image contrast (the result of “dark-field” background filtering). This will be highly desirable for label-free biological imaging scenarios, where faint, weakly scattering objects are abundant. The project aims to verify the concept through direct experimental realization.
Effective start/end date01/06/201606/09/2019


  • nanophotonics
  • Metamaterials
  • Hyperbolic Metamaterials
  • Biophotonics
  • imaging
  • microscopy

Research Output

Aluminum-doped Zinc Oxide Trench Hyperbolic Metamaterial as a Mid-infrared Sensing Platform

Shkondin, E., Repän, T., Lavrinenko, A. & Takayama, O., 2018, Optical Sensors 2018. Optical Society of America (OSA), 2 p.

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Experimental observation of Dyakonov plasmons in the mid-infrared

Takayama, O., Dmitriev, P., Shkondin, E., Yermakov, O., Panah, M., Golenitskii, K., Jensen, F., Bodganov, A. & Lavrinenko, A., 2018, In : Semiconductors. 52, 4, p. 442–446

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High aspect plasmonic nanotrench structures as sensors in the near- and Mid-IR frequency range

Shkondin, E., Repan, T., Malureanu, R., Lavrinenko, A. V. & Takayama, O., 2018, Proceedings of 2018 20th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks. IEEE, p. 3 pp. 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


  • 1 Conference presentations

Thin gold layers – experimental optical properties and their correlation with classical Drude, non-local and ab-initio calculations

Sezer Köse (Lecturer), Johan Rosenkrantz Maack (Lecturer), Johneph Sukham (Lecturer), Valentyn Volkov (Lecturer), Dmitry Yakubovsky (Lecturer), Martijn Wubs (Lecturer), Andrei Laurynenka (Lecturer), Radu Malureanu (Lecturer)
30 May 2019

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