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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Jul. 16, 2012
  • pp: 16205–16211

Near-field scanning optical microscopy using a super-resolution cover glass slip

Yu-Hsuan Lin and Din Ping Tsai  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 16205-16211 (2012)

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This study presents a novel near-field optics technology. A near-field cover glass slip (NF-CGS) was developed to improve the resolution of optical microscopy beyond the diffraction limit. A multi-layered structure of cover glass/ZnS-SiO2 (130 nm)/AgOx (15 nm)/ ZnS-SiO2 (40 nm) was employed to generate the optical coupling effect for increasing the contrast and enhancing resolution of imaging. This novel innovation is expected to be employed in near-field imaging techniques for samples in different environments because of its simplicity, rapid laser scanning, and minimal costs. Experimental results of 500 nm, 200 nm, and 100 nm standard polystyrene nanospheres on NF-CGS and normal cover glass are demonstrated and imaged by using a laser scanning confocal microscope.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy

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Original Manuscript: April 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 26, 2012
Published: July 2, 2012

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Yu-Hsuan Lin and Din Ping Tsai, "Near-field scanning optical microscopy using a super-resolution cover glass slip," Opt. Express 20, 16205-16211 (2012)

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