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Study of field distribution of the probes in scanning near-field optical microscopy using finite-difference time-domain calculations
Author(s): Qing Zhou; Xing Zhu; Changqing Wang; Hetian Zhou
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Paper Abstract

Scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) can provide optical imaging with ultrahigh resolution owing to its breakthrough the limit of optical diffraction. Metal coated optical fiber probe in nano-scale is one of the most important parts in aperture type of SNOM. Tip diameter and structure determine the final spatial resolution and experimental utility of SNOM. In order to understand the behavior of light propagation in the probes, we have investigated two kinds of 3D probe models (metal coated and uncoated) by solving Maxwell equations with the Finite- Difference Time-Domain method. The 3D computation reveals that the field distribution of light in the probes are some patterns due to the polarization of light and the structure of the probe. This result can guide to find optimized tip design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3791, Near-Field Optics: Physics, Devices, and Information Processing, (22 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363857
Show Author Affiliations
Qing Zhou, Yunnan Univ. and Peking Univ. (China)
Xing Zhu, Peking Univ. (China)
Changqing Wang, Peking Univ. (China)
Hetian Zhou, Peking Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3791:
Near-Field Optics: Physics, Devices, and Information Processing
Suganda Jutamulia; Motoichi Ohtsu; Toshimitsu Asakura, Editor(s)

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