A resonant scanning dipole-antenna probe for enhanced nanoscale imaging.

Abstract

We present a scanning antenna probe that provides 35 nm optical hotspots with a 16-fold excitation enhancement. A resonant optical antenna, tuned to operation in the visible, is carved into the aluminum-coated scanning probe. The antenna resonances, field localization, excitation, and polarization response are probed in the near-field by scanning over single fluorescent nanobeads. At the same time, the distance-dependent coupling of the emission to the antenna mode is mapped. Good agreement with theory is obtained. The presented scanning antenna approach is useful for both nanoscale plasmonic mode imaging and (bio)imaging.

DOI: 10.1021/nl402178b

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@article{Neumann2013ARS, title={A resonant scanning dipole-antenna probe for enhanced nanoscale imaging.}, author={Lars Neumann and Jorick van 't Oever and Niek F van Hulst}, journal={Nano letters}, year={2013}, volume={13 11}, pages={5070-4} }