Abstract

Using exact 3D vectorial simulations of radiation coupling into uncoated dielectric fiber probes, we calculate amplitude transfer functions for conical single-mode fiber tips at the light wavelength of 633  nm. The coupling efficiency of glass fiber tips is determined in a wide range of spatial frequencies of the incident radiation for opening angles varying from 30° to 120°. The resolution in near-field imaging with these tips is considered for field distributions limited in both direct and spatial-frequency space. The characteristics of the transfer functions describing the relation between probed optical fields and near-field images are analyzed in detail. The importance of utilizing a perfectly sharp tip is also examined.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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