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Near-Field Microscopy Through a SiC Superlens

Science  15 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5793, pp. 1595
DOI: 10.1126/science.1131025

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Abstract

The wave nature of light limits the spatial resolution in classical microscopy to about half of the illumination wavelength. Recently, a new approach capable of achieving subwavelength spatial resolution, called superlensing, was invented, challenging the already established method of scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). We combine the advantages of both techniques and demonstrate a novel imaging system where the objects no longer need to be in close proxim-ity to a near-field probe, allowing for optical near-field microscopy of subsurface objects at sub-wavelength-scale lateral resolution.

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