OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 24 — Nov. 27, 2006
  • pp: 11566–11574

True near field versus contrast near field imaging

Jean-Baptiste Masson and Guilhem Gallot  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 24, pp. 11566-11574 (2006)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (352 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We demonstrate that in near field imaging, interaction between light and sample can be divided into two main areas: the true near field and the contrast near field domain. We performed extensive numerical simulations in order to identify the limits of these areas, and to investigate contrast near field imaging in which much easier propagation calculation can be achieved. Finally, we show an application with terahertz axonal imaging.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: July 21, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2006
Published: November 27, 2006

Jean-Baptiste Masson and Guilhem Gallot, "True near field versus contrast near field imaging," Opt. Express 14, 11566-11574 (2006)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. A. Lewis, H. Taha, A. Strinkovski, A. Manevitch, A. Khatchatouriants, R. Dekhter and E. Ammann, "Nearfield optics: from subwavelength illumination to nanometric shadowing, " Nature biotechnology 21,1378-1386 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. Y. Lu, T. Wei, F. Duewer, Y. Lu, N.-B Ming, P. G. Schultz, and X.-D. Xiang, "Nondestructive Imaging of Dielectric-Constant Profiles and Ferroelectric Domains with a Scanning-TipMicrowave Near-FieldMicroscope," Science 276,2004-2006 (1997). [CrossRef]
  3. D. Marks and P.S. Carney, "Near-field diffractive elements," Opt. Lett. 30,1870-1872 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. S.I. Bozhevolnyi and B. Vohnsen,"Near-Field Optical Holography," Phys. Rev. Lett. 77,3351 (1996). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. M. Naruse, T. Yatsui, W. Nomura, N. Hirose, M. Ohtsu, "Hierarchy in optical nearfields and its application to memory retrieval," Opt. Express 13,23, 9265-9271 (2005), http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?id=86211 [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. D. Molenda, G. Colas des Francs, U. C. Fischer, N. Rau, A. Naber, "High-resolution mapping of the optical near-field components at a triangular nano-aperture," Opt. Express 26,23, 10688-10696 (2005), http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?id=86673 [CrossRef]
  7. <other>. Comsol, Comsol Inc., Burlington, MA.</other>
  8. M. A. Bhatti,"Fundamental Finite Element Analysis and Applications: With Mathematica and Matlab Computations,"(J. Wiley & Sons,) (2005)
  9. M. Golosovsky, E. Maniv, D. Davidov and A. Frenkel, "Near-Field of a Scanning Aperture Microwave Probe: A 3-D Finite Element Analysis," IEEE.Trans. Instr. Meas. 51,1090 (2002). [CrossRef]
  10. J.-B. Masson and G. Gallot, "Coupling between surface plasmons in subwavelength hole arrays," Phys. Rev. B. 73, (2006). [CrossRef]
  11. J.-B Masson, M.-P Sauviat, J.-L Martin and G. Gallot, "Ionic contrast terahertz near field imaging of axonal water fluxes," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103,4808-4812 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  12. M. Born, E. Wolf, "Principles of Optics", (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, U.K.), 6th Ed. (1997)
  13. H.A. Bethe, "Theory of diffraction by small holes," Phys. Rev. 66,163-182 (1944). [CrossRef]
  14. R.E. English, Jr., and N. George, "Diffraction from a small square aperture: approximate aperture fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 5,No. 2 (1988). [CrossRef]
  15. P. Y. Han, G. C. Cho, and X.-C. Zhang, "Time-domain transillumination of biological tissues with terahertz pulses," Opt. Lett. 25,no 43009 (2004).
  16. M.C. Beard, G.M. Turner and C.A. Schmuttenmaer, "Progress towards two-dimensional biomedical imaging with THz spectroscopy," Phys. Med. Biol. 47,3841-3846 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  17. A.J. Fitzgerald, E. Berry, N.N. Zinov’ev, S. Homer-vanniasinkam, R.E. Miles, J.M. Chamberlain andM.A. Smith,"Catalogue Of Human Tissue Optical Properties At Terahertz Frequencies," J. Biol. Phys 29,123-128 (2003). [CrossRef]
  18. H.T. Chen, R. K., and G. C. Cho, "Terahertz imaging with nanometer resolution," Appl. Phys. Lett. 83,3009 (2003). [CrossRef]
  19. K. Wang, A. Barkan, and D. M. Mittleman, "Propagation effects in apertureless near-field optical antennas," Appl. Phys. Lett. 84,2 (2003).
  20. R.S. Decca, H.D. Drew and K.L. Empson, "Investigation of the electric-field distribution at the subwavelength aperture of a near-field scanning optical microscope," Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, (15) (1997). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited