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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 23 — Nov. 12, 2007
  • pp: 14993–15001

Vector field mapping of local polarization using gold nanoparticle functionalized tips: independence of the tip shape

K. G. Lee, H. W. Kihm, K. J. Ahn, J. S. Ahn, Y. D. Suh, C. Lienau, and D. S. Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 23, pp. 14993-15001 (2007)

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We have measured local electric field vectors of local polarizaton on the nanoscale using gold nanoparticle functionalized tips as local field scatterers. In our experiments, the local field induces a dipole-moment in the gold nanoparticle functionalized tip, which then radiates into the far-field, transferring the full information about the local electric field from the near into the far field. The polarization characteristics of the scattered fields are analyzed using a conventional ellipsometry method. The tip dependent scattering function- the polarizability tensor- is fully determined by far field scattering measurements. Once the polarizability tensor for each tip is correctly accounted for in the data analysis, our results show that the finally determined local field polarization vectors are essentially independent of the tip shape.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: July 23, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 5, 2007
Published: October 29, 2007

K. G. Lee, H. W. Kihm, K. J. Ahn, J. S. Ahn, Y. D. Suh, C. Lienau, and D. S. Kim, "Vector field mapping of local polarization using gold nanoparticle functionalized tips: independence of the tip shape," Opt. Express 15, 14993-15001 (2007)

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