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Sub-wavelength focusing of mid-IR light using metal/diamond/metal campanile probe for ultra-broadband SPM

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Publication date5/07/2023
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventMicroscience Microscopy Congress 2023 - Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 4/07/20236/07/2023


ConferenceMicroscience Microscopy Congress 2023
Abbreviated titleMMC 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Developing methods for efficient nanoscale probing of light-matter interaction, especially in the Mid-IR and THz spectral range, is essential for studying fundamental physical phenomena as well as chemical properties at micrometer to nanometer length scales. A highly efficient nanoscale focusing of visible and near-IR radiation light was reported recently using Au-SiO2-Au tapered gap campanile plasmon waveguide with an 830 nm wavelength that couples free space light into the nanoscale domain, enabling probing of materials in the visible and near-IR spectral range [1]. We expand this capability to the highly important mid-IR and THz range providing valuable information on local nanoscale chemistry and physical processes of materials and devices using a campanile shaped diamond tetragonal pyramid [2]. Our finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulation reveals that nanoscale focusing of mid-IR light is possible within the range of geometries and metal coatings including Au, Al and Cu. Here we report linked modeling and experimental results showing the confining efficiency of diamond pyramid in the mid-IR range (8-10 µm). Furthermore, we will demonstrate the integration of Au/diamond/Au light concentrator into a scanning probe microscope for performing sub-wavelength spectroscopy of various materials in both reflection and transmission geometries.