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Particle-trapped near-field scanning optical microscopy: scattering and depolarization
Author(s): Min Gu
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Paper Abstract

Particle-trapped near-field scanning optical microscopy utilises a laser-trapped dielectric or metallic particle as a near-field scatterer to probe the high spatial frequency information from a sample. Scattering and depolarization by a trapped particle in an evanescent wave are two important issues in such an imaging system. These two issues are addressed in this paper. The strength of scattered evanescent waves was measured for particles of different sizes (.01 (mu) m to 2 (mu) m in diameter) and different materials (polystyrene, gold and silver). It has been found that the signal strength of scattered evanescent waves increases appreciably with the size of the particle. As a result, image contrast in improved significantly with laser-trapped metallic particles of large size. It has also been found that the depolarization of scattered evanescent waves under s polarised illumination is stronger than that under p polarized beam illumination, and that image contrast of the evanescent wave interference pattern can be improved by a factor of 3 with a parallel analyser under s polarized beam illumination. This result suggests that less depolarized scattered evanescent photons carry more information of an object and should be utilised for the imaging in particle-trapped near-field scanning optical microscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 July 2000
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 4082, Optical Sensing, Imaging, and Manipulation for Biological and Biomedical Applications, (4 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390547
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Min Gu, Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4082:
Optical Sensing, Imaging, and Manipulation for Biological and Biomedical Applications
Robert R. Alfano; Peng Pei Ho; Arthur E. T. Chiou, Editor(s)

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