Biomolecules and nanostructures
The Optical Sciences group studies the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale.
We do this by exploring ways to shape light and its environment. It's what we call
active and passive control. Our current focus is on the interaction of light with
biomolecules and nanostructures. We are part of Twente
University's Department of Science and Technology and member of the
A COMBINED NEAR-FIELD OPTICAL AND FORCE MICROSCOPE
MOERS MHP, TACK RG, VANHULST NF, BOLGER B
vol 7 issue 3: p789-p792 SEP 1993
Scanning near field optical microscopy (SNOM) is the optical alternative of the scanning probe microscopical techniques which enables a lateral resolution down to about 10 nm, unlimited by diffraction. Moreover, the potential of non- destructive imaging of chemical and biological samples with nanometer resolution in ambient conditions is a crucial advantage over electron microscopy. An integrated microscope has been constructed which allows simultaneous detection of optical and force interaction between a microfabricated SiN probe and a sample surface. Images are obtained in a transmission mode by detection of the light emanating from a ''super-tip'' in contact with the sample surface and illuminated by total internal reflection. Physical and technical aspects of the instrument are discussed and illustrated with typical images.