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Optical Engineering

Near-field solid immersion lens microscope with advanced compact mechanical design
Author(s): Tao Chen; Thomas D. Milster; Sang-Ki Park; Brendan P. McCarthy; Dror Sarid; C. Poweleit; Jose Menendez
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Paper Abstract

A compact mechanical package is developed for a standard microscope that implements a solid immersion lens (SIL) on a retractable bimorph swing arm. With the compact package mounted on an inverted microscope, far-field and near-field images are obtained at the same location by moving the SIL with the swing arm. With white-light incoherent illumination, the resolution of this system for observing digital versatile discs is around 200 nm with an effective numerical aperture of 1.5. Imaging with the SIL is compared with an atomic force microscopy scan.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 45(10) 103002 doi: 10.1117/1.2361276
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 45, Issue 10
Show Author Affiliations
Tao Chen, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Thomas D. Milster, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Sang-Ki Park, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Brendan P. McCarthy, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Dror Sarid, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
C. Poweleit, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Jose Menendez, Arizona State Univ. (United States)


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