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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 21 — Oct. 10, 2011
  • pp: 19942–19947

Infrared absorption nano-spectroscopy using sample photoexpansion induced by tunable quantum cascade lasers

Feng Lu and Mikhail A. Belkin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 21, pp. 19942-19947 (2011)

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We report a simple technique that allows obtaining mid-infrared absorption spectra with nanoscale spatial resolution under low-power illumination from tunable quantum cascade lasers. Light absorption is detected by measuring associated sample thermal expansion with an atomic force microscope. To detect minute thermal expansion we tune the repetition frequency of laser pulses in resonance with the mechanical frequency of the atomic force microscope cantilever. Spatial resolution of better than 50 nm is experimentally demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(170.5810) Medical optics and biotechnology : Scanning microscopy
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared
(300.6430) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, photothermal
(140.5965) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers, quantum cascade
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

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Original Manuscript: July 29, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 13, 2011
Published: September 27, 2011

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Feng Lu and Mikhail A. Belkin, "Infrared absorption nano-spectroscopy using sample photoexpansion induced by tunable quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Express 19, 19942-19947 (2011)

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