Over the last decade, scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy have been widely used in nano-photonics and material research due to their fine spatial resolution and broad spectral range. A number of simplified analytical models have been proposed to quantitatively understand the tip-scattered near-field signal. However, a rigorous interpretation of the experimental results is still lacking at this stage. Numerical modelings, on the other hand, are mostly done by simulating the local electric field slightly above the sample surface, which only qualitatively represents the near-field signal rendered by the tip-sample interaction. In this work, we performed a more comprehensive numerical simulation which is based on realistic experimental parameters and signal extraction procedures. By directly comparing to the experiments as well as other simulation efforts, our methods offer a more accurate quantitative description of the near-field signal, paving the way for future studies of complex systems at the nanoscale.
Rigorous numerical modeling of scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy
Xinzhong Chen, Chiu Fan Bowen Lo, William Zheng, Hai Hu, Qing Dai, Mengkun Liu; Rigorous numerical modeling of scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy. Appl. Phys. Lett. 27 November 2017; 111 (22): 223110. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5008663
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