Near field differential interference contrast microscopy

Heydarian, H ; Sharif University of Technology | 2020

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-66482-z
  3. Publisher: Nature Research , 2020
  4. Abstract:
  5. Near field scanning optical microscopy exploiting differential interference contrast enhancement is demonstrated. Beam splitting in the near field region is implemented using a dual color probe based on plasmonic color sorter idea. This provides the ability to illuminate two neighboring points on the sample simultaneously. It is shown that by modulating the two wavelengths employed in exciting such a probe, phase difference information can be retrieved through measuring the near field photoinduced force at the difference of the two modulation frequencies. This difference in frequency is engineered to correspond to the first resonant frequency of the cantilever, resulting in improved SNR, and sensitivity. The effect of both topographical and material changes in the proposed near field differential interference (NFDIC) technique are investigated for CNT and silica samples. This method is a promising technique for high contrast and high spatial resolution microscopy. © 2020, The Author(s)
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  7. Engineering ; Noanoscience and technology ; Optics and photonics
  8. Source: Scientific Reports ; Volume 10, Issue 1 , 15 June , 2020
  9. URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-66482-z