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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 28 — Dec. 31, 2012
  • pp: 29694–29704

A framework for far-field infrared absorption microscopy beyond the diffraction limit

Christophe Silien, Ning Liu, Nordine Hendaoui, Syed A. M. Tofail, and André Peremans  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 28, pp. 29694-29704 (2012)

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A framework is proposed for infrared (IR) absorption microscopy in the far-field with a spatial resolution below the diffraction limit. The sub-diffraction resolution is achieved by pumping a transient contrast in the population of a selected vibrational mode with IR pulses that exhibit alternating central minima and maxima, and by probing the corresponding absorbance at the same wavelength with adequately delayed Gaussian pulses. Simulations have been carried out on the basis of empirical parameters emulating patterned thin films of octadecyltrichlorosilane and a resolution of 250 nm was found when probing the CH2 stretches at 3.5 μm with pump energies less than ten times the vibrational saturation threshold.

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OCIS Codes
(170.0180) Medical optics and biotechnology : Microscopy
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared
(300.6360) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular
(300.6500) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, time-resolved

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Original Manuscript: July 30, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2012
Published: December 20, 2012

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Christophe Silien, Ning Liu, Nordine Hendaoui, Syed A. M. Tofail, and André Peremans, "A framework for far-field infrared absorption microscopy beyond the diffraction limit," Opt. Express 20, 29694-29704 (2012)

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