A dispersive body-of-revolution finite-difference time-domain method is developed to simulate metal-cladded near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) probes. Two types of NSOM probe (aperture and plasmon NSOM probes) are analyzed and designed with this fast method. The influence of the metal-cladding thickness and the excitation mode on the performance of the NSOM probes is studied. We introduce a new scheme of illumination-mode NSOM by employing the plasmon NSOM probe with the TM01 mode excitation. Such a NSOM probe is designed, and we demonstrate its advantages over the conventional aperture NSOM probe by scanning across a metallic object.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 30, 2004
Revised Manuscript: February 1, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: February 1, 2005
Published: June 10, 2005
Liu Liu and Sailing He, "Design of metal-cladded near-field fiber probes with a dispersive body-of-revolution finite-difference time-domain method," Appl. Opt. 44, 3429-3437 (2005)