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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 11 — Nov. 13, 2006

Simulation of near-field scanning optical microscopy using a plasmonic gap probe

Kazuo Tanaka, Masahiro Tanaka, and Kiyofumi Katayama  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 22, pp. 10603-10613 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.010603


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Abstract

Imaging by near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) with a plasmonic gap probe (PGP) is simulated to confirm the operation of the recently proposed PGP. The simulations demonstrate that the probe works in illumination, collection-reflection and collection mode, and that is it not necessary to vibrate the probe tip in order to remove background noise. The resolution of the scanned image is also shown to be approximately equal to the diameter of the probe tip. Furthermore, the throughput of the probe is much higher than conventional aperture probes providing similar resolution. The proposed probe thus has the advantages of both aperture probes and scattering probes, and is expected to have excellent characteristics for use as a scanning probe for NSOM.

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OCIS Codes
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: July 5, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 30, 2006
Published: October 30, 2006

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Kazuo Tanaka, Masahiro Tanaka, and Kiyofumi Katayama, "Simulation of near-field scanning optical microscopy using a plasmonic gap probe," Opt. Express 14, 10603-10613 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-22-10603


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