Development of tapered silver-halide fiber tips for a scanning near-field microscope operating in the middle infrared

Max Platkov, Alexander Tsun, Lev Nagli, Abraham Katzir

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Abstract

We have constructed a scanning near-field infrared microscope (SNIM) which was based on a AgClBr fiber probe whose end was etched to form an aperture of a subwavelength diameter. A detailed study of the mechanical properties of a vibrating AgClBr probe was required for proper operation of the SNIM system. We have demonstrated that the system can be used for imaging and for topographic mapping of samples with a subwavelength resolution in the middle infrared. Such a SNIM will be a powerful tool for the study of microelectronic components or subcellular structures in biological cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126103
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Volume77
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

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