Abstract

We demonstrate a simple scheme for high-resolution imaging of nanoplasmonic structures that basically removes most of the resolution limiting allowed light usually transmitted to the far field. This is achieved by implementing a Fourier lens in a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) operating in the leakage-radiation microscopy (LRM) mode. The method consists of reconstructing optical images solely from the plasmonic ‘forbidden’ light collected in the Fourier space. It is demonstrated by using a point-like nanodiamond-based tip that illuminates a thin gold film patterned with a sub-wavelength annular slit. The reconstructed image of the slit shows a spatial resolution enhanced by a factor ≃ 4 compared to NSOM images acquired directly in the real space.

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O. Mollet, S. Huant, G. Dantelle, T. Gacoin, and A. Drezet, “Quantum plasmonics: Second-order coherence of surface plasmons launched by quantum emitters into a metallic film,” Phys. Rev. B 86, 045401 (2012).
[CrossRef]

R. Marty, C. Girard, A. Arbouet, and G. Colas des Francs, “Near-field coupling of a Point-like dipolar source with a thin metallic film: Implication for STM plasmon excitations,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 532, 100–105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

2011

O. Mollet, A. Cuche, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “Leakage radiation microscopy of surface plasmons launched by a nanodiamond-based tip,” Diam. Relat. Mater. 20, 995–998 (2011).
[CrossRef]

A. Hohenau, J. R. Krenn, A. Drezet, O. Mollet, S. Huant, C. Genet, B. Stein, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Surface plasmon leakage radiation microscopy at the diffraction limit,” Opt. Express 19, 25749–25762 (2011).
[CrossRef]

T. Wang, E. Boer-Duchemin, Y. Zhang, G. Comtet, and G. Dujardin, “Excitation of propagating surface plasmons with a scanning tunneling microscope,” Nanotechnology 22, 175201 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Bharadwaj, A. Bouhelier, and L. Novotny, “Electrical excitation of surface plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 226802 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, T. Hanke, A. Leitenstorfer, R. Bratschitsch, O. Benson, and T. Aichele, “Single defect centers in diamond nanocrystals as quantum probes for plasmonic nanostructures,” Opt. Express 19, 7914–7920 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Huck, S. Kumar, A. Shakoor, and U. Andersen, “Controlled Coupling of a Single Nitrogen-Vacancy Center to a Silver Nanowire,” Phys. Rev. Lett 106, 096801 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Drezet, A. Cuche, and S. Huant, “Near-field microscopy with a single-photon point-like emitter: Resolution versus the aperture tip?,” Opt. Commun. 284, 1444–1450 (2011).
[CrossRef]

2010

A. Cuche, O. Mollet, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “‘Deterministic’ quantum plasmonics,” Nano Lett. 10, 4566–4570 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Marty, A. Arbouet, V. Paillard, C. Girard, and G. Colas des Francs, “Photon antibunching in the optical near-field,” Phys. Rev. B 82, 081403 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2009

A. Cuche, A. Drezet, Y. Sonnefraud, O. Faklaris, F. Treussart, J.-F. Roch, and S. Huant, “Near-field optical microscopy with a nanodiamond-based single-photon tip,” Opt. Express 17, 19969–19980 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stöhr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nature Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
[CrossRef]

S. Schietinger, M. Barth, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Plasmon-enhanced single photon emission from a nanoassembled metal-diamond hybrid structure at room temperature.,” Nano Lett. 9, 1694–1698 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2008

2007

A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. Fedutik, V.V. Temnov, O. Schöps, U. Woggon, and M.V. Artemyev, “Exciton-Plasmon-Photon Conversion in Plasmonic Nanostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 136802 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006

A. Drezet, A. Hohenau, A. L. Stepanov, H. Ditlbacher, B. Steinberger, N. Galler, F. R. Aussenegg, A. Leitner, and J. R. Krenn, “How to erase surface plasmon fringes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 091117 (2006).
[CrossRef]

D. E. Chang, A. S. Sørensen, P. R. Hemmer, and M. D. Lukin, “Quantum Optics with Surface Plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 053002 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2005

C. Girard, O. J. F. Martin, G. Leveque, G. Colas des Francs, and A. Dereux, “Generalized bloch equations for optical interactions in confined geometries,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 404, 44–48 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2002

C. Chicane, T. David, R. Quidant, J.-C. Weeber, Y. Lacroute, E. Bourillot, A. Dereux, G. Colas, Des Francs, and C. Girard, “Imaging the Local Density of States of Optical Corrals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097402 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001

A. Bouhelier, Th. Huser, H. Tamaru, H.-J. Güntherodt, and D. W. Pohl, “Plasmon optics of structured silver films,” Phys. Rev. B 63, 155404 (2001).
[CrossRef]

F. I. Baida, D. Van Labeke, A. Bouhelier, T. Huser, and D. Pohl, “Propagation and diffraction of locally excited surface plasmons,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 1552–1561 (2001).
[CrossRef]

S. Kühn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, “Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy,” J. Microsc. 202, 2–6 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1997

A. Gruber, A. Drabenstedt, C. Tietz, L. Fleury, J. Wrachtrup, and C. von Borczyskowski, “Scanning confocal optical microscopy and magnetic resonance on single defect centers,” Science 276, 2012–2014 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. Novotny, B. Hecht, and D. Pohl, “Interference of locally excited surface plasmons,” J. Appl. Phys. 81, 1798–1806 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996

B. Hecht, H. Bielefeldt, L. Novotny, Y. Inouye, and D. W. Pohl, “Local excitation, scattering, and interference of surface plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 1889–1892 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1995

B. Hecht, D. W. Pohl, H. Heinzelmann, and L. Novotny, “Tunnel near-field optical microscopy: TNOM-2,” Ultramicroscopy 61, 99–104 (1995).
[CrossRef]

K. Karrai and R. D. Grober, “Piezoelectric tip-sample distance control for near field optical microscopes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 60, 1842–1844 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1992

M. Specht, J. D. Pedarnig, W. M. Heckl, and T. W. Hänsch, “Scanning plasmon near-field microscope,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 476–479 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Aichele, T.

A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, T. Hanke, A. Leitenstorfer, R. Bratschitsch, O. Benson, and T. Aichele, “Single defect centers in diamond nanocrystals as quantum probes for plasmonic nanostructures,” Opt. Express 19, 7914–7920 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Schietinger, M. Barth, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Plasmon-enhanced single photon emission from a nanoassembled metal-diamond hybrid structure at room temperature.,” Nano Lett. 9, 1694–1698 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Akimov, A. V.

A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Andersen, U.

A. Huck, S. Kumar, A. Shakoor, and U. Andersen, “Controlled Coupling of a Single Nitrogen-Vacancy Center to a Silver Nanowire,” Phys. Rev. Lett 106, 096801 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Arbouet, A.

R. Marty, C. Girard, A. Arbouet, and G. Colas des Francs, “Near-field coupling of a Point-like dipolar source with a thin metallic film: Implication for STM plasmon excitations,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 532, 100–105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

R. Marty, A. Arbouet, V. Paillard, C. Girard, and G. Colas des Francs, “Photon antibunching in the optical near-field,” Phys. Rev. B 82, 081403 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Artemyev, M.V.

Y. Fedutik, V.V. Temnov, O. Schöps, U. Woggon, and M.V. Artemyev, “Exciton-Plasmon-Photon Conversion in Plasmonic Nanostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 136802 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Aussenegg, F. R.

A. Drezet, A. Hohenau, A. L. Stepanov, H. Ditlbacher, B. Steinberger, N. Galler, F. R. Aussenegg, A. Leitner, and J. R. Krenn, “How to erase surface plasmon fringes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 091117 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Baida, F. I.

Balasubramanian, G.

R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stöhr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nature Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Barth, M.

S. Schietinger, M. Barth, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Plasmon-enhanced single photon emission from a nanoassembled metal-diamond hybrid structure at room temperature.,” Nano Lett. 9, 1694–1698 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Benson, O.

A. W. Schell, G. Kewes, T. Hanke, A. Leitenstorfer, R. Bratschitsch, O. Benson, and T. Aichele, “Single defect centers in diamond nanocrystals as quantum probes for plasmonic nanostructures,” Opt. Express 19, 7914–7920 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Schietinger, M. Barth, T. Aichele, and O. Benson, “Plasmon-enhanced single photon emission from a nanoassembled metal-diamond hybrid structure at room temperature.,” Nano Lett. 9, 1694–1698 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bharadwaj, P.

P. Bharadwaj, A. Bouhelier, and L. Novotny, “Electrical excitation of surface plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 226802 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bielefeldt, H.

B. Hecht, H. Bielefeldt, L. Novotny, Y. Inouye, and D. W. Pohl, “Local excitation, scattering, and interference of surface plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 1889–1892 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Boer-Duchemin, E.

T. Wang, E. Boer-Duchemin, Y. Zhang, G. Comtet, and G. Dujardin, “Excitation of propagating surface plasmons with a scanning tunneling microscope,” Nanotechnology 22, 175201 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Boudou, J.-P.

Bouhelier, A.

P. Bharadwaj, A. Bouhelier, and L. Novotny, “Electrical excitation of surface plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 226802 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. I. Baida, D. Van Labeke, A. Bouhelier, T. Huser, and D. Pohl, “Propagation and diffraction of locally excited surface plasmons,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 1552–1561 (2001).
[CrossRef]

A. Bouhelier, Th. Huser, H. Tamaru, H.-J. Güntherodt, and D. W. Pohl, “Plasmon optics of structured silver films,” Phys. Rev. B 63, 155404 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Bourillot, E.

C. Chicane, T. David, R. Quidant, J.-C. Weeber, Y. Lacroute, E. Bourillot, A. Dereux, G. Colas, Des Francs, and C. Girard, “Imaging the Local Density of States of Optical Corrals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097402 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Bratschitsch, R.

Chang, D. E.

A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. E. Chang, A. S. Sørensen, P. R. Hemmer, and M. D. Lukin, “Quantum Optics with Surface Plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 053002 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chicane, C.

C. Chicane, T. David, R. Quidant, J.-C. Weeber, Y. Lacroute, E. Bourillot, A. Dereux, G. Colas, Des Francs, and C. Girard, “Imaging the Local Density of States of Optical Corrals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097402 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Colas, G.

C. Chicane, T. David, R. Quidant, J.-C. Weeber, Y. Lacroute, E. Bourillot, A. Dereux, G. Colas, Des Francs, and C. Girard, “Imaging the Local Density of States of Optical Corrals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097402 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Colas des Francs, G.

R. Marty, C. Girard, A. Arbouet, and G. Colas des Francs, “Near-field coupling of a Point-like dipolar source with a thin metallic film: Implication for STM plasmon excitations,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 532, 100–105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

R. Marty, A. Arbouet, V. Paillard, C. Girard, and G. Colas des Francs, “Photon antibunching in the optical near-field,” Phys. Rev. B 82, 081403 (2010).
[CrossRef]

C. Girard, O. J. F. Martin, G. Leveque, G. Colas des Francs, and A. Dereux, “Generalized bloch equations for optical interactions in confined geometries,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 404, 44–48 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Comtet, G.

T. Wang, E. Boer-Duchemin, Y. Zhang, G. Comtet, and G. Dujardin, “Excitation of propagating surface plasmons with a scanning tunneling microscope,” Nanotechnology 22, 175201 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cuche, A.

A. Drezet, A. Cuche, and S. Huant, “Near-field microscopy with a single-photon point-like emitter: Resolution versus the aperture tip?,” Opt. Commun. 284, 1444–1450 (2011).
[CrossRef]

O. Mollet, A. Cuche, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “Leakage radiation microscopy of surface plasmons launched by a nanodiamond-based tip,” Diam. Relat. Mater. 20, 995–998 (2011).
[CrossRef]

A. Cuche, O. Mollet, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “‘Deterministic’ quantum plasmonics,” Nano Lett. 10, 4566–4570 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Cuche, A. Drezet, Y. Sonnefraud, O. Faklaris, F. Treussart, J.-F. Roch, and S. Huant, “Near-field optical microscopy with a nanodiamond-based single-photon tip,” Opt. Express 17, 19969–19980 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. Sonnefraud, A. Cuche, O. Faklaris, J.-P. Boudou, T. Sauvage, J.-F. Roch, F. Treussart, and S. Huant, “Diamond nanocrystals hosting single nitrogen-vacancy color centers sorted by photon-correlation near-field microscopy,” Opt. Lett. 33, 611–613 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Dantelle, G.

O. Mollet, S. Huant, G. Dantelle, T. Gacoin, and A. Drezet, “Quantum plasmonics: Second-order coherence of surface plasmons launched by quantum emitters into a metallic film,” Phys. Rev. B 86, 045401 (2012).
[CrossRef]

David, T.

C. Chicane, T. David, R. Quidant, J.-C. Weeber, Y. Lacroute, E. Bourillot, A. Dereux, G. Colas, Des Francs, and C. Girard, “Imaging the Local Density of States of Optical Corrals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097402 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Dereux, A.

C. Girard, O. J. F. Martin, G. Leveque, G. Colas des Francs, and A. Dereux, “Generalized bloch equations for optical interactions in confined geometries,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 404, 44–48 (2005).
[CrossRef]

C. Chicane, T. David, R. Quidant, J.-C. Weeber, Y. Lacroute, E. Bourillot, A. Dereux, G. Colas, Des Francs, and C. Girard, “Imaging the Local Density of States of Optical Corrals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097402 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Ditlbacher, H.

A. Drezet, A. Hohenau, A. L. Stepanov, H. Ditlbacher, B. Steinberger, N. Galler, F. R. Aussenegg, A. Leitner, and J. R. Krenn, “How to erase surface plasmon fringes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 091117 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Drabenstedt, A.

A. Gruber, A. Drabenstedt, C. Tietz, L. Fleury, J. Wrachtrup, and C. von Borczyskowski, “Scanning confocal optical microscopy and magnetic resonance on single defect centers,” Science 276, 2012–2014 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Drezet, A.

O. Mollet, S. Huant, G. Dantelle, T. Gacoin, and A. Drezet, “Quantum plasmonics: Second-order coherence of surface plasmons launched by quantum emitters into a metallic film,” Phys. Rev. B 86, 045401 (2012).
[CrossRef]

O. Mollet, A. Cuche, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “Leakage radiation microscopy of surface plasmons launched by a nanodiamond-based tip,” Diam. Relat. Mater. 20, 995–998 (2011).
[CrossRef]

A. Drezet, A. Cuche, and S. Huant, “Near-field microscopy with a single-photon point-like emitter: Resolution versus the aperture tip?,” Opt. Commun. 284, 1444–1450 (2011).
[CrossRef]

A. Hohenau, J. R. Krenn, A. Drezet, O. Mollet, S. Huant, C. Genet, B. Stein, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Surface plasmon leakage radiation microscopy at the diffraction limit,” Opt. Express 19, 25749–25762 (2011).
[CrossRef]

A. Cuche, O. Mollet, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “‘Deterministic’ quantum plasmonics,” Nano Lett. 10, 4566–4570 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Faklaris, O.

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Y. Fedutik, V.V. Temnov, O. Schöps, U. Woggon, and M.V. Artemyev, “Exciton-Plasmon-Photon Conversion in Plasmonic Nanostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 136802 (2007).
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O. Mollet, S. Huant, G. Dantelle, T. Gacoin, and A. Drezet, “Quantum plasmonics: Second-order coherence of surface plasmons launched by quantum emitters into a metallic film,” Phys. Rev. B 86, 045401 (2012).
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Girard, C.

R. Marty, C. Girard, A. Arbouet, and G. Colas des Francs, “Near-field coupling of a Point-like dipolar source with a thin metallic film: Implication for STM plasmon excitations,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 532, 100–105 (2012).
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R. Marty, A. Arbouet, V. Paillard, C. Girard, and G. Colas des Francs, “Photon antibunching in the optical near-field,” Phys. Rev. B 82, 081403 (2010).
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C. Girard, O. J. F. Martin, G. Leveque, G. Colas des Francs, and A. Dereux, “Generalized bloch equations for optical interactions in confined geometries,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 404, 44–48 (2005).
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C. Chicane, T. David, R. Quidant, J.-C. Weeber, Y. Lacroute, E. Bourillot, A. Dereux, G. Colas, Des Francs, and C. Girard, “Imaging the Local Density of States of Optical Corrals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097402 (2002).
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A. Gruber, A. Drabenstedt, C. Tietz, L. Fleury, J. Wrachtrup, and C. von Borczyskowski, “Scanning confocal optical microscopy and magnetic resonance on single defect centers,” Science 276, 2012–2014 (1997).
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A. Bouhelier, Th. Huser, H. Tamaru, H.-J. Güntherodt, and D. W. Pohl, “Plasmon optics of structured silver films,” Phys. Rev. B 63, 155404 (2001).
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M. Specht, J. D. Pedarnig, W. M. Heckl, and T. W. Hänsch, “Scanning plasmon near-field microscope,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 476–479 (1992).
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M. Specht, J. D. Pedarnig, W. M. Heckl, and T. W. Hänsch, “Scanning plasmon near-field microscope,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 476–479 (1992).
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R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stöhr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nature Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
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S. Kühn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, “Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy,” J. Microsc. 202, 2–6 (2001).
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O. Mollet, S. Huant, G. Dantelle, T. Gacoin, and A. Drezet, “Quantum plasmonics: Second-order coherence of surface plasmons launched by quantum emitters into a metallic film,” Phys. Rev. B 86, 045401 (2012).
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O. Mollet, A. Cuche, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “Leakage radiation microscopy of surface plasmons launched by a nanodiamond-based tip,” Diam. Relat. Mater. 20, 995–998 (2011).
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A. Hohenau, J. R. Krenn, A. Drezet, O. Mollet, S. Huant, C. Genet, B. Stein, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Surface plasmon leakage radiation microscopy at the diffraction limit,” Opt. Express 19, 25749–25762 (2011).
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A. Cuche, O. Mollet, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “‘Deterministic’ quantum plasmonics,” Nano Lett. 10, 4566–4570 (2010).
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A. Cuche, A. Drezet, Y. Sonnefraud, O. Faklaris, F. Treussart, J.-F. Roch, and S. Huant, “Near-field optical microscopy with a nanodiamond-based single-photon tip,” Opt. Express 17, 19969–19980 (2009).
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Huser, Th.

A. Bouhelier, Th. Huser, H. Tamaru, H.-J. Güntherodt, and D. W. Pohl, “Plasmon optics of structured silver films,” Phys. Rev. B 63, 155404 (2001).
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B. Hecht, H. Bielefeldt, L. Novotny, Y. Inouye, and D. W. Pohl, “Local excitation, scattering, and interference of surface plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 1889–1892 (1996).
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K. Karrai and R. D. Grober, “Piezoelectric tip-sample distance control for near field optical microscopes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 60, 1842–1844 (1995).
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Kolesov, R.

R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stöhr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nature Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
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A. Hohenau, J. R. Krenn, A. Drezet, O. Mollet, S. Huant, C. Genet, B. Stein, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Surface plasmon leakage radiation microscopy at the diffraction limit,” Opt. Express 19, 25749–25762 (2011).
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S. Kühn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, “Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy,” J. Microsc. 202, 2–6 (2001).
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A. Huck, S. Kumar, A. Shakoor, and U. Andersen, “Controlled Coupling of a Single Nitrogen-Vacancy Center to a Silver Nanowire,” Phys. Rev. Lett 106, 096801 (2011).
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Leitner, A.

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C. Girard, O. J. F. Martin, G. Leveque, G. Colas des Francs, and A. Dereux, “Generalized bloch equations for optical interactions in confined geometries,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 404, 44–48 (2005).
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A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
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C. Girard, O. J. F. Martin, G. Leveque, G. Colas des Francs, and A. Dereux, “Generalized bloch equations for optical interactions in confined geometries,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 404, 44–48 (2005).
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R. Marty, C. Girard, A. Arbouet, and G. Colas des Francs, “Near-field coupling of a Point-like dipolar source with a thin metallic film: Implication for STM plasmon excitations,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 532, 100–105 (2012).
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R. Marty, A. Arbouet, V. Paillard, C. Girard, and G. Colas des Francs, “Photon antibunching in the optical near-field,” Phys. Rev. B 82, 081403 (2010).
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O. Mollet, S. Huant, G. Dantelle, T. Gacoin, and A. Drezet, “Quantum plasmonics: Second-order coherence of surface plasmons launched by quantum emitters into a metallic film,” Phys. Rev. B 86, 045401 (2012).
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A. Cuche, O. Mollet, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “‘Deterministic’ quantum plasmonics,” Nano Lett. 10, 4566–4570 (2010).
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A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
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R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stöhr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nature Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
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L. Novotny, B. Hecht, and D. Pohl, “Interference of locally excited surface plasmons,” J. Appl. Phys. 81, 1798–1806 (1997).
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B. Hecht, D. W. Pohl, H. Heinzelmann, and L. Novotny, “Tunnel near-field optical microscopy: TNOM-2,” Ultramicroscopy 61, 99–104 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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R. Marty, A. Arbouet, V. Paillard, C. Girard, and G. Colas des Francs, “Photon antibunching in the optical near-field,” Phys. Rev. B 82, 081403 (2010).
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A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
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M. Specht, J. D. Pedarnig, W. M. Heckl, and T. W. Hänsch, “Scanning plasmon near-field microscope,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 476–479 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Pohl, D.

Pohl, D. W.

A. Bouhelier, Th. Huser, H. Tamaru, H.-J. Güntherodt, and D. W. Pohl, “Plasmon optics of structured silver films,” Phys. Rev. B 63, 155404 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. Hecht, H. Bielefeldt, L. Novotny, Y. Inouye, and D. W. Pohl, “Local excitation, scattering, and interference of surface plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 1889–1892 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Hecht, D. W. Pohl, H. Heinzelmann, and L. Novotny, “Tunnel near-field optical microscopy: TNOM-2,” Ultramicroscopy 61, 99–104 (1995).
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S. Kühn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, “Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy,” J. Microsc. 202, 2–6 (2001).
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C. Chicane, T. David, R. Quidant, J.-C. Weeber, Y. Lacroute, E. Bourillot, A. Dereux, G. Colas, Des Francs, and C. Girard, “Imaging the Local Density of States of Optical Corrals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097402 (2002).
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Roch, J.-F.

Sandoghdar, V.

S. Kühn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, “Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy,” J. Microsc. 202, 2–6 (2001).
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Schell, A. W.

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S. Kühn, C. Hettich, C. Schmitt, J.-P. Poizat, and V. Sandoghdar, “Diamond colour centres as a nanoscopic light source for scanning near-field optical microscopy,” J. Microsc. 202, 2–6 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Y. Fedutik, V.V. Temnov, O. Schöps, U. Woggon, and M.V. Artemyev, “Exciton-Plasmon-Photon Conversion in Plasmonic Nanostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 136802 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Shakoor, A.

A. Huck, S. Kumar, A. Shakoor, and U. Andersen, “Controlled Coupling of a Single Nitrogen-Vacancy Center to a Silver Nanowire,” Phys. Rev. Lett 106, 096801 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sonnefraud, Y.

Sørensen, A. S.

D. E. Chang, A. S. Sørensen, P. R. Hemmer, and M. D. Lukin, “Quantum Optics with Surface Plasmons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 053002 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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M. Specht, J. D. Pedarnig, W. M. Heckl, and T. W. Hänsch, “Scanning plasmon near-field microscope,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 476–479 (1992).
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Stein, B.

Steinberger, B.

A. Drezet, A. Hohenau, A. L. Stepanov, H. Ditlbacher, B. Steinberger, N. Galler, F. R. Aussenegg, A. Leitner, and J. R. Krenn, “How to erase surface plasmon fringes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 091117 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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A. Drezet, A. Hohenau, A. L. Stepanov, H. Ditlbacher, B. Steinberger, N. Galler, F. R. Aussenegg, A. Leitner, and J. R. Krenn, “How to erase surface plasmon fringes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 091117 (2006).
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R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stöhr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nature Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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A. Bouhelier, Th. Huser, H. Tamaru, H.-J. Güntherodt, and D. W. Pohl, “Plasmon optics of structured silver films,” Phys. Rev. B 63, 155404 (2001).
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Y. Fedutik, V.V. Temnov, O. Schöps, U. Woggon, and M.V. Artemyev, “Exciton-Plasmon-Photon Conversion in Plasmonic Nanostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 136802 (2007).
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A. Gruber, A. Drabenstedt, C. Tietz, L. Fleury, J. Wrachtrup, and C. von Borczyskowski, “Scanning confocal optical microscopy and magnetic resonance on single defect centers,” Science 276, 2012–2014 (1997).
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Van Labeke, D.

von Borczyskowski, C.

A. Gruber, A. Drabenstedt, C. Tietz, L. Fleury, J. Wrachtrup, and C. von Borczyskowski, “Scanning confocal optical microscopy and magnetic resonance on single defect centers,” Science 276, 2012–2014 (1997).
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T. Wang, E. Boer-Duchemin, Y. Zhang, G. Comtet, and G. Dujardin, “Excitation of propagating surface plasmons with a scanning tunneling microscope,” Nanotechnology 22, 175201 (2011).
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C. Chicane, T. David, R. Quidant, J.-C. Weeber, Y. Lacroute, E. Bourillot, A. Dereux, G. Colas, Des Francs, and C. Girard, “Imaging the Local Density of States of Optical Corrals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097402 (2002).
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Y. Fedutik, V.V. Temnov, O. Schöps, U. Woggon, and M.V. Artemyev, “Exciton-Plasmon-Photon Conversion in Plasmonic Nanostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 136802 (2007).
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R. Kolesov, B. Grotz, G. Balasubramanian, R. J. Stöhr, A. A. L. Nicolet, P. R. Hemmer, F. Jelezko, and J. Wrachtrup, “Wave-particle duality of single surface plasmon polaritons,” Nature Phys. 5, 470–474 (2009).
[CrossRef]

A. Gruber, A. Drabenstedt, C. Tietz, L. Fleury, J. Wrachtrup, and C. von Borczyskowski, “Scanning confocal optical microscopy and magnetic resonance on single defect centers,” Science 276, 2012–2014 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Yu, C. L.

A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
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T. Wang, E. Boer-Duchemin, Y. Zhang, G. Comtet, and G. Dujardin, “Excitation of propagating surface plasmons with a scanning tunneling microscope,” Nanotechnology 22, 175201 (2011).
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A. V. Akimov, A. Mukherjee, C. L. Yu, D. E. Chang, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, H. Park, and M. D. Lukin, “Generation of single optical plasmons in metallic nanowires coupled to quantum dots,” Nature 450, 402–406 (2007).
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Appl. Phys. Lett.

A. Drezet, A. Hohenau, A. L. Stepanov, H. Ditlbacher, B. Steinberger, N. Galler, F. R. Aussenegg, A. Leitner, and J. R. Krenn, “How to erase surface plasmon fringes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 091117 (2006).
[CrossRef]

K. Karrai and R. D. Grober, “Piezoelectric tip-sample distance control for near field optical microscopes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 60, 1842–1844 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Chem. Phys. Lett.

C. Girard, O. J. F. Martin, G. Leveque, G. Colas des Francs, and A. Dereux, “Generalized bloch equations for optical interactions in confined geometries,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 404, 44–48 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Diam. Relat. Mater.

O. Mollet, A. Cuche, A. Drezet, and S. Huant, “Leakage radiation microscopy of surface plasmons launched by a nanodiamond-based tip,” Diam. Relat. Mater. 20, 995–998 (2011).
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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Layout of the experimental setup: obj.= X100 oil immersion objective of effective numerical aperture NA = 1.35; TL= tube lens; L1, L2 (removable), L3= achromatic lenses; BB= beam block; OF= multimode optical fiber; APD= avalanche photodiode. Π′ is the back-focal plane of L1. Π is the objective back-focal plane and is located inside the objective itself [5]. The OF-APD combination can be replaced by a camera (not sketched) aligned with the optical axis for imaging. In this setup, the tip is fixed and the sample is scanned in all three dimensions with nanometer accuracy. The remaining excitation at 515 nm is removed by an optical filter (not shown). A limited number of light rays are indicated for clarity.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

a) Unfiltered and (b) filtered LRM images acquired in the Fourier plane. In (b), the small circle in the upper-right part of the SPP circle marks the imprint of the optical fiber OF used for image reconstruction. (c) Cross sections of (a) and (b) along the blue dashed lines.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Demonstration of the image reconstruction method. (a) and (c) Topographic images recorded simultaneously with the optical images (b) and (d), respectively. (b) Direct-space image obtained by scanning the slit under the nanodiamond tip. (d) Reconstructed image obtained by mapping the intensity of the SPP circle as function of the slit position under the tip. (e) [respectively (f)] Cross sections along the blue dashed lines in (a) and (b) [respectively (c) and (d)]. Left scales stand for the optical signal levels, expressed in units of kHz, right scales stand for the topography levels, expressed in nm.

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