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6 May 2008 Enhanced energy throughput in corrugated tapered metal-coated SNOM probes
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Interest in optical devices that image with superresolution and inherent optical parallelism continues. Recently, the concept of superresolution is pursued along the lines of negative refraction and transparent multilayer, metallo-dielectric photonic band gap structures. Flat superlenses image from the near-field to the near- or far-field with resolution beyond the diffraction limit. There is a need for characterization methods which allow measurement of the point spread function of such devices. Scanning near-field microscopes (SNOMs) measure the field intensity in the vicinity of objects as close as 5 nm due to shear-force technique. Improvement of transversal resolution up to λ/20 may be possible due to considerable improvement of energy throughput of SNOM probes. To this aim we propose to corrugate the dielectric core-metal coating interface of SNOM probes. The corrugations facilitate the excitation of surface plasmons, which enhance the transport of energy to the probe aperture.
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T. J. Antosiewicz and T. Szoplik "Enhanced energy throughput in corrugated tapered metal-coated SNOM probes", Proc. SPIE 6987, Metamaterials III, 698705 (6 May 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.785223
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