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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2014

The origin of interferometric effect involving surface plasmon polariton in scattering near-field scanning optical microscopy

Yan Li, Nan Zhou, Edward C. Kinzel, Xifeng Ren, and Xianfan Xu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 2965-2972 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.002965


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Abstract

Scattering near-field scanning optical microscopy (s-NSOM) has been developed to characterize optical near field with spatial resolution on the order of 10 nm. In this work we report investigation of the interferometric patterns commonly occurred in s-NSOM measurements. To reveal the origin of such interference patterns, a simple nanoslit is used. Comparing the measured result with a simplified analytical model as well as full-field numerical simulations, it is shown that the interference pattern is predominantly formed by the in-plane component of incidence light and surface plasmon polariton (SPP) launched by the nanoslit. This result helps to understand the responses of plasmonic nanostructures during s-NSOM measurements.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Plasmonics

History
Original Manuscript: December 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 28, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 28, 2014
Published: January 31, 2014

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Yan Li, Nan Zhou, Edward C. Kinzel, Xifeng Ren, and Xianfan Xu, "The origin of interferometric effect involving surface plasmon polariton in scattering near-field scanning optical microscopy," Opt. Express 22, 2965-2972 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-3-2965


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