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  • Vol. 2, Iss. 10 — Oct. 31, 2007

Scanning electro-optic microscope based on surface plasmon resonance

Shinsuke Sano, Kazuma Tsuboi, and Kotaro Kajikawa  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 17, pp. 2544-2546 (2007)

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An optical scanning probe microscope, based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in the attenuated total reflection geometry, is shown to successfully image the polarization structures in self-assembled monolayers of hemicyanine adsorbed on a gold surface. Application of an ac field to the tip gives rise to the linear electro-optic effect in the monolayer just below the tip and the local change in the refractive index of the monolayer was detected via the ac component of the reflected light intensity, in which SPR-based detection intensifies the ac component. Polarization structures in a monolayer can be clearly imaged by this technique.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.3900) Materials : Metals
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: June 5, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 23, 2007
Published: August 20, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Shinsuke Sano, Kazuma Tsuboi, and Kotaro Kajikawa, "Scanning electro-optic microscope based on surface plasmon resonance," Opt. Lett. 32, 2544-2546 (2007)

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