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Fibre-top atomic force microscope probe with optical near-field detection capabilities

Year: 2011

Authors: Tiribilli B., Margheri G., Baschieri P., Mennozzi C, Chavan D., Iannuzzi D.

Autors Affiliation: Institute of Complex Systems, National Research Council, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy;
National Institute of Optics, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy;
Physics Department, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and Centro S3, CNR Istituto di Nanoscienze, Modena, Italy;
Department of Physics and Astronomy and LaserLaB Amsterdam, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Abstract: P>We present a fibre-top probe fabricated by carving a tipped cantilever on an optical fibre, with the tip machined in correspondence of the fibre core. When approached to an optical prism illuminated under total internal reflection conditions, the tip of the cantilever detects the optical tunnelling signal, while the light coupled from the opposite end of the fibre measures the deflection of the cantilever. Our results suggest that fibre-top technology can be used for the development of a new generation of hybrid probes that can combine atomic force microscopy with scanning near field optical microscopy.


Volume: 242 (1)      Pages from: 10  to: 14

More Information: The authors thank Sven de Man for giving feedback on the paper. This project was supported by the European Research Council under the European Community\’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC grant agreement number 201739.
KeyWords: AFM; fibre-top technology; SNOM; NSOM; tips
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.2010.03476.x

Citations: 7
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