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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 15 — Jul. 19, 2010
  • pp: 15964–15974

Bowtie nano-aperture as interface between near-fields and a single-mode fiber

M. Mivelle, I.A. Ibrahim, F. Baida, G.W. Burr, D. Nedeljkovic, D. Charraut, J-Y. Rauch, R. Salut, and T. Grosjean  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 15, pp. 15964-15974 (2010)

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We present the development and study of a single bowtie nano-aperture (BNA) at the end of a monomode optical fiber as an interface between near-fields/nano-optical objects and the fiber mode. To optimize energy conversion between BNA and the single fiber mode, the BNA is opened at the apex of a specially designed polymer fiber tip which acts as an efficient mediator (like a horn optical antenna) between the two systems. As a first application, we propose to use our device as polarizing electric-field nanocollector for scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). However, this BNA-on-fiber probe may also find applications in nanolithography, addressing and telecommunications as well as in situ biological and chemical probing and trapping.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics materials
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(130.5440) Integrated optics : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: May 26, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 9, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 14, 2010
Published: July 13, 2010

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M. Mivelle, I. A. Ibrahim, F. Baida, G. W. Burr, D. Nedeljkovic, D. Charraut, J-Y. Rauch, R. Salut, and T. Grosjean, "Bowtie nano-aperture as interface between near-fields and a single-mode fiber," Opt. Express 18, 15964-15974 (2010)

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