Optical System Design

Near-field solid immersion lens microscope with advanced compact mechanical design

[+] Author Affiliations
Tao Chen

University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, Tucson, Arizona 85721

Tom Milster

University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, Tucson, Arizona 85721

Sang-Ki Park, Brendan McCarthy, Dror Sarid

University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, Tucson, Arizona 85721

Christian Poweleit, Jose Menendez

Arizona State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tempe, Arizona 85287

Opt. Eng. 45(10), 103002 (October 30, 2006). doi:10.1117/1.2361276
History: Received November 03, 2005; Revised March 07, 2006; Accepted March 22, 2006; Published October 30, 2006
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A compact mechanical package is developed for a standard microscope that implements a solid immersion lens (SIL) on a retractable bimorph swing arm. With the compact package mounted on an inverted microscope, far-field and near-field images are obtained at the same location by moving the SIL with the swing arm. With white-light incoherent illumination, the resolution of this system for observing digital versatile discs is around 200nm with an effective numerical aperture of 1.5. Imaging with the SIL is compared with an atomic force microscopy scan.

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Tao Chen ; Tom Milster ; Sang-Ki Park ; Brendan McCarthy ; Dror Sarid, et al.
"Near-field solid immersion lens microscope with advanced compact mechanical design", Opt. Eng. 45(10), 103002 (October 30, 2006). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2361276


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