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
Microfabrication of near-field optical probes
Ruiter AGT, Moers MHP, vanHulst NF, deBoer M
JOURNAL OF VACUUM SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY B
vol 14 issue 2: p597-p601 MAR-APR 1996
Near-field optical microscopy generally uses a tapered optical fiber, which is metal coated, to form a sub-wavelength sized light source. Here, a technique for the fabrication of a new type of probe is described. The new design is based on atomic force microscope probes and consists of a silicon nitride cantilever with a solid transparent conical tip. The probes are made using micromechanical techniques, which allow batch fabrication of the probes. A near-field scanning optical microscope system was built to test the probes. This system features force detection by a beam deflection technique and subsequent force feedback together with a conventional optical microscope. A major advantage of the apparatus is the ease at which images are obtained. Results on a test sample show that an optical resolution of 300 nm can be obtained together with a simultaneous height image. (C) 1996 American Vacuum Society.