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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1961–1963

Feasibility study of the application of radially polarized illumination to solid immersion lens-based near-field optics

Yong-Joong Yoon, Wan-Chin Kim, No-Cheol Park, Kyoung-Su Park, and Young-Pil Park  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 13, pp. 1961-1963 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.001961


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Abstract

We analyzed the behavior of the electric field in a focal plane consisting of a solid immersion lens (SIL), an air gap, and a measurement sample for radially polarized illumination in SIL-based near-field optics with an annular aperture. The analysis was based on the Debye diffraction integral and multiple beam interference. For SIL-based near-field optics whose NA is higher than unity, radially polarized light generates a smaller beam spot on the bottom surface of a SIL than circularly polarized light; however, the beam spot on the measurement sample is broadened with a more dominant transverse electric field. By introducing an annular aperture technique, it is possible to decrease the effects of the transverse electric field, and therefore the size of the beam spot on the measurement sample can be small. This analysis could have various applications in near-field optical storage, near-field microscopy, lithography at ultrahigh resolution, and other applications that use SILs for high resolution.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(210.4245) Optical data storage : Near-field optical recording

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 24, 2009
Published: June 23, 2009

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Citation
Yong-Joong Yoon, Wan-Chin Kim, No-Cheol Park, Kyoung-Su Park, and Young-Pil Park, "Feasibility study of the application of radially polarized illumination to solid immersion lens-based near-field optics," Opt. Lett. 34, 1961-1963 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-13-1961

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