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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2010
  • pp: 2007–2009

Enhanced resolution beyond the Abbe diffraction limit with wavelength-scale solid immersion lenses

Daniel R. Mason, Mikhail V. Jouravlev, and Kwang S. Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 12, pp. 2007-2009 (2010)

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The solid immersion lens (SIL) is a well-developed near-field optical device for imaging and data storage. Recent experiments have demonstrated high-quality imaging beyond the diffraction limit by nanoscale lenses in an SIL-type implementation [ Nature 460, 498 (2009)]; we call these nSIL. A question arises as to what resolution is obtainable with an nSIL. From full three-dimensional, finite-difference time-domain calculations, we demonstrate that the FWHM of the focal spot of an objective-lens–nSIL system can be reduced by greater than 25% compared to a regular macroscopic SIL.

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OCIS Codes
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
(350.5730) Other areas of optics : Resolution
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

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Original Manuscript: March 15, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2010
Published: June 8, 2010

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Daniel R. Mason, Mikhail V. Jouravlev, and Kwang S. Kim, "Enhanced resolution beyond the Abbe diffraction limit with wavelength-scale solid immersion lenses," Opt. Lett. 35, 2007-2009 (2010)

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