Europhys. Lett.
Volume 68, Number 6, December 2004
Page(s) 797 - 803
Section General
Published online 26 November 2004
Europhys. Lett., 68 (6), pp. 797-803 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10290-6

Imaging surface photonic states with a circularly polarized tip

Ch. Girard1, T. David2, C. Chicanne2, A. Mary2, G. Colas des Francs2, E. Bourillot2, J.-C. Weeber2 and A. Dereux2

1  CEMES, UPR-CNRS 8011 - 29 rue Jeanne Marvig, BP4347, F-31055 Toulouse, France
2  LPUB, UMR-CNRS 5027 - 9 avenue A. Savary, F-21078 Dijon, France

received 29 June 2004; accepted in final form 20 October 2004
published online 26 November 2004

Photon unoccupied states tailored by nanostructures present at sample surfaces can be probed using a scanning near-field optical microscope including large detection angles (CHICANNE C. et al. , Phys. Rev. Lett., 88 (2002) 097402-4). We demonstrate, theoretically and experimentally, how such setups equipped with a circularly polarized SNOM tip can deliver images of surface photonic states with a nanometer scale resolution.

07.79.Fc - Near-field scanning optical microscopes.
73.20.Mf - Collective excitations (including excitons, polarons, plasmons and other charge-density excitations).
78.66.Bz - Metals and metallic alloys.

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