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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 19 — Sep. 17, 2007
  • pp: 11790–11797

Generating small-scale structures from large-scale ones via optical near-field interactions

M. Naruse, T. Yatsui, H. Hori, K. Kitamura, and M. Ohtsu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 19, pp. 11790-11797 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.011790


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Abstract

Optical near-fields, which appear in the vicinity of structures when irradiated with light, exhibit a hierarchical nature, meaning that the degree of localization of optical near-fields at a given point is related to the scale of the structure involved in this process. Therefore, if we could make optically induced fabrication processes selectively localized in the near-field region, we could generate a smaller-scale structure even from a larger-scale one via optical near-field interactions. We demonstrate the theoretical basis of this with an angular spectrum analysis of optical near-fields. We also experimentally demonstrate such principles by using ZnO nanoneedles fabricated through metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) followed by a photo-induced MOVPE procedure where smaller-scale generated structures were clearly observed with the help of light irradiation. We also observed that the generated fine structures followed a power-law distribution, indicating that fractal structures emerged via optical near-field interactions.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3450) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced chemistry
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: July 13, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 29, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2007
Published: August 31, 2007

Virtual Issues
Vol. 2, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
M. Naruse, T. Yatsui, H. Hori, K. Kitamura, and M. Ohtsu, "Generating small-scale structures from large-scale ones via optical near-field interactions," Opt. Express 15, 11790-11797 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-19-11790


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