Optical near-fields & nearfield optics

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  1. Editors: Prof. Alfred J. Meixner, Universität Tübingen
    and Prof. Paul Leiderer, Universität Konstanz

Optical methods provide exceedingly powerful tools in science and technology for measuring, analyzing and manipulating, from optical microscopy and spectroscopy to the characterization of ultrafast processes by femtosecond pulses and the modification of materials by intense laser radiation. However, when it comes to applications in the nanometer-regime, the conventional optical techniques suffer from the resolution limit – formulated by Ernst Abbe one and a half centuries ago – that light cannot be focused to a diameter much less than half its wavelength. This seems like a serious drawback for the use of optics in nanoscience and nanotechnology, since many of the nanostructures of interest are distinctly smaller than this limit of a few hundred nanometers. Fortunately, this restriction can be overcome, if one does not rely on focusing with lenses and mirrors in the optical far-field, but rather exploits the optical near-field in the vicinity of nanostructures. In this Thematic Series, various examples for the use of optical near-fields and near-field optics are presented.

See also the Thematic Series:
Nanophotonics, nano-optics and nanospectroscopy

Optical near-fields & nearfield optics

  1. Alfred J. Meixner and
  2. Paul Leiderer
  • Editorial
  • Published 19 Feb 2014

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2014, 5, 186–187, doi:10.3762/bjnano.5.19

Femtosecond-resolved ablation dynamics of Si in the near field of a small dielectric particle

  1. Paul Kühler,
  2. Daniel Puerto,
  3. Mario Mosbacher,
  4. Paul Leiderer,
  5. Francisco Javier Garcia de Abajo,
  6. Jan Siegel and
  7. Javier Solis
  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 04 Sep 2013

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Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2013, 4, 501–509, doi:10.3762/bjnano.4.59

Apertureless scanning near-field optical microscopy of sparsely labeled tobacco mosaic viruses and the intermediate filament desmin

  1. Alexander Harder,
  2. Mareike Dieding,
  3. Volker Walhorn,
  4. Sven Degenhard,
  5. Andreas Brodehl,
  6. Christina Wege,
  7. Hendrik Milting and
  8. Dario Anselmetti
  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 11 Sep 2013

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Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2013, 4, 510–516, doi:10.3762/bjnano.4.60

3D nano-structures for laser nano-manipulation

  1. Gediminas Seniutinas,
  2. Lorenzo Rosa,
  3. Gediminas Gervinskas,
  4. Etienne Brasselet and
  5. Saulius Juodkazis
  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 17 Sep 2013

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Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2013, 4, 534–541, doi:10.3762/bjnano.4.62

Mapping of plasmonic resonances in nanotriangles

  1. Simon Dickreuter,
  2. Julia Gleixner,
  3. Andreas Kolloch,
  4. Johannes Boneberg,
  5. Elke Scheer and
  6. Paul Leiderer
  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 30 Sep 2013

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  • Supp. Info

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2013, 4, 588–602, doi:10.3762/bjnano.4.66

k-space imaging of the eigenmodes of sharp gold tapers for scanning near-field optical microscopy

  1. Martin Esmann,
  2. Simon F. Becker,
  3. Bernard B. da Cunha,
  4. Jens H. Brauer,
  5. Ralf Vogelgesang,
  6. Petra Groß and
  7. Christoph Lienau
  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 02 Oct 2013

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  • Supp. Info

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2013, 4, 603–610, doi:10.3762/bjnano.4.67

  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 09 Oct 2013

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Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2013, 4, 632–637, doi:10.3762/bjnano.4.70

  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 02 Dec 2013

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Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2013, 4, 834–842, doi:10.3762/bjnano.4.94

  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 30 Dec 2013

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Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2013, 4, 974–987, doi:10.3762/bjnano.4.110

  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 21 Aug 2014

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Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2014, 5, 1334–1340, doi:10.3762/bjnano.5.146

Exploring plasmonic coupling in hole-cap arrays

  1. Thomas M. Schmidt,
  2. Maj Frederiksen,
  3. Vladimir Bochenkov and
  4. Duncan S. Sutherland
  • Full Research Paper
  • Published 02 Jan 2015

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  • Supp. Info

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2015, 6, 1–10, doi:10.3762/bjnano.6.1

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