We report a near-field optical microscopy experiment at λ = 10.6 μm, using an apertureless metallic tip functioning simultaneously in the atomic force microscopy tapping mode. The 17-nm optical resolution (λ/600) that we achieved confirms the validity and the potential of this concept for numerous applications.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 5, 1996
Published: September 1, 1996
A. Lahrech, R. Bachelot, P. Gleyzes, and A. C. Boccara, "Infrared-reflection-mode near-field microscopy using an apertureless probe with a resolution of λ/600," Opt. Lett. 21, 1315-1317 (1996)