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22 September 1999 Study of field distribution of the probes in scanning near-field optical microscopy using finite-difference time-domain calculations
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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.
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Qing Zhou, Xing Zhu, Changqing Wang, and Hetian Zhou "Study of field distribution of the probes in scanning near-field optical microscopy using finite-difference time-domain calculations", Proc. SPIE 3791, Near-Field Optics: Physics, Devices, and Information Processing, (22 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363857; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.363857
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