Abstract

We perform direct local-field imaging of a plasmon-resonant gold nanoparticle pair separated by a gap of several nanometers using a scattering-type near-field optical microscope with a sharp silicon tip of atomic force microscope. The sharp tip allows the access for the nanogap and the high spatial resolution. Our results provide experimental evidence that the nanogap structure produces an optical spot with the size of a single nanometer (< 10 nm). This is not only of fundamental importance in the field of nanophotonics, but also provide significant information for the development of plasmonic devices with the nanogap structures.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Schnell, A. Garcia-Etxarri, J. Alkorta, J. Aizpurua, and R. Hillenbrand, “Phase-resolved mapping of the near-field vector and polarization state in nanoscale antenna gaps,” Nano Lett. 10(9), 3524–3528 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2009 (4)

D.-S. Kim, J. Heo, S.-H. Ahn, S. W. Han, W. S. Yun, and Z. H. Kim, “Real-space mapping of the strongly coupled plasmons of nanoparticle dimers,” Nano Lett. 9(10), 3619–3625 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Fujiwara, Y. Tanaka, H. Ishiguro, A. Saito, and K. Sasaki, “Direct observation of localized fields in nanogaps between metal particles,” Appl. Phys. Express 2(10), 102002 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

2008 (9)

R. Esteban, R. Vogelgesang, J. Dorfmüller, A. Dmitriev, C. Rockstuhl, C. Etrich, and K. Kern, “Direct near-field optical imaging of higher order plasmonic resonances,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3155–3159 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. H. Taminiau, F. D. Stefani, F. B. Segerink, and N. F. Van Hulst, “Optical antennas direct single-molecule emission,” Nat. Photonics 2(4), 234–237 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. N. Grigorenko, N. W. Roberts, M. R. Dickinson, and Y. Zhang, “Nanometric optical tweezers based on nanostructured substrates,” Nat. Photonics 2(6), 365–370 (2008).
[CrossRef]

K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle plasmon-assisted two-photon polymerization induced by incoherent excitation source,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130(22), 6928–6929 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Z. H. Kim and S. R. Leone, “Polarization-selective mapping of near-field intensity and phase around gold nanoparticles using apertureless near-field microscopy,” Opt. Express 16(3), 1733–1741 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. D. Mangum, C. Mu, and J. M. Gerton, “Resolving single fluorophores within dense ensembles: contrast limits of tip-enhanced fluorescence microscopy,” Opt. Express 16(9), 6183–6193 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Fischer and O. J. F. Martin, “Engineering the optical response of plasmonic nanoantennas,” Opt. Express 16(12), 9144–9154 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. L. Olmon, P. M. Krenz, A. C. Jones, G. D. Boreman, and M. B. Raschke, “Near-field imaging of optical antenna modes in the mid-infrared,” Opt. Express 16(25), 20295–20305 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Rang, A. C. Jones, F. Zhou, Z. Y. Li, B. J. Wiley, Y. N. Xia, and M. B. Raschke, “Optical near-field mapping of plasmonic nanoprisms,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3357–3363 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2007 (1)

2006 (4)

E. Cubukcu, E. A. Kort, K. B. Crozier, and F. Capasso, “Plasmonic laser antenna,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89(9), 093120 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. G. Gucciardi, G. Bachelier, and M. Allegrini, “Far-field background suppression in tip-modulated apertureless near-field optical microscopy,” J. Appl. Phys. 99(12), 124309 (2006).
[CrossRef]

K. Imura, H. Okamoto, M. K. Hossain, and M. Kitajima, “Visualization of localized intense optical fields in single gold-nanoparticle assemblies and ultrasensitive Raman active sites,” Nano Lett. 6(10), 2173–2176 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Kühn, U. Håkanson, L. Rogobete, and V. Sandoghdar, “Enhancement of single-molecule fluorescence using a gold nanoparticle as an optical nanoantenna,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97(1), 017402 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2005 (1)

P. Mühlschlegel, H.-J. Eisler, O. J. F. Martin, B. Hecht, and D. W. Pohl, “Resonant optical antennas,” Science 308(5728), 1607–1609 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2004 (2)

E. Hao and G. C. Schatz, “Electromagnetic fields around silver nanoparticles and dimers,” J. Chem. Phys. 120(1), 357–366 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. Srituravanich, N. Fang, C. Sun, Q. Luo, and X. Zhang, “Plasmonic Nanolithography,” Nano Lett. 4(6), 1085–1088 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (2)

S. A. Maier, P. G. Kik, H. A. Atwater, S. Meltzer, E. Harel, B. E. Koel, and A. A. G. Requicha, “Local detection of electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit in metal nanoparticle plasmon waveguides,” Nat. Mater. 2(4), 229–232 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann, P. Hanarp, D. S. Sutherland, and J. Aizpurua, “Coherent imaging of nanoscale plasmon patterns with a carbon nanotube optical probe,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(2), 368–370 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (1)

H. Xu and M. Käll, “Surface-plasmon-enhanced optical forces in silver nanoaggregates,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 89(24), 246802 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2001 (1)

R. Hillenbrand and F. Keilmann, “Optical oscillation modes of plasmon particles observed in direct space by phase-contrast near-field microscopy,” Appl. Phys. B 73, 239–243 (2001).

2000 (1)

H. Xu, J. Aizpurua, M. Käll, and P. Apell, “Electromagnetic contributions to single-molecule sensitivity in surface-enhanced raman scattering,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Phys. Plasmas Fluids Relat. Interdiscip. Topics 62(33 Pt B), 4318–4324 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1999 (2)

H. Xu, E. J. Bjerneld, M. Käll, and L. Borjesson, “Spectroscopy of single hemoglobin molecules by surface enhanced Raman scattering,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 83(21), 4357–4360 (1999).
[CrossRef]

B. Knoll and F. Keilmann, “Electromagnetic fields in the cutoff regime of tapered metallic waveguides,” Opt. Commun. 162(4-6), 177–181 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

1994 (1)

1983 (1)

M. Inoue and K. Ohtaka, “Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering by Metal Spheres. I. Cluster Effect,” J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 52(11), 3853–3864 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Abashin, M.

Ahn, S.-H.

D.-S. Kim, J. Heo, S.-H. Ahn, S. W. Han, W. S. Yun, and Z. H. Kim, “Real-space mapping of the strongly coupled plasmons of nanoparticle dimers,” Nano Lett. 9(10), 3619–3625 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Aizpurua, J.

M. Schnell, A. Garcia-Etxarri, J. Alkorta, J. Aizpurua, and R. Hillenbrand, “Phase-resolved mapping of the near-field vector and polarization state in nanoscale antenna gaps,” Nano Lett. 10(9), 3524–3528 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann, P. Hanarp, D. S. Sutherland, and J. Aizpurua, “Coherent imaging of nanoscale plasmon patterns with a carbon nanotube optical probe,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(2), 368–370 (2003).
[CrossRef]

H. Xu, J. Aizpurua, M. Käll, and P. Apell, “Electromagnetic contributions to single-molecule sensitivity in surface-enhanced raman scattering,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Phys. Plasmas Fluids Relat. Interdiscip. Topics 62(33 Pt B), 4318–4324 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Alkorta, J.

M. Schnell, A. Garcia-Etxarri, J. Alkorta, J. Aizpurua, and R. Hillenbrand, “Phase-resolved mapping of the near-field vector and polarization state in nanoscale antenna gaps,” Nano Lett. 10(9), 3524–3528 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Allegrini, M.

P. G. Gucciardi, G. Bachelier, and M. Allegrini, “Far-field background suppression in tip-modulated apertureless near-field optical microscopy,” J. Appl. Phys. 99(12), 124309 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Apell, P.

H. Xu, J. Aizpurua, M. Käll, and P. Apell, “Electromagnetic contributions to single-molecule sensitivity in surface-enhanced raman scattering,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Phys. Plasmas Fluids Relat. Interdiscip. Topics 62(33 Pt B), 4318–4324 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Atwater, H. A.

S. A. Maier, P. G. Kik, H. A. Atwater, S. Meltzer, E. Harel, B. E. Koel, and A. A. G. Requicha, “Local detection of electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit in metal nanoparticle plasmon waveguides,” Nat. Mater. 2(4), 229–232 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bachelier, G.

P. G. Gucciardi, G. Bachelier, and M. Allegrini, “Far-field background suppression in tip-modulated apertureless near-field optical microscopy,” J. Appl. Phys. 99(12), 124309 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Barnard, E. S.

J. A. Schuller, E. S. Barnard, W. Cai, Y. C. Jun, J. S. White, and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics for extreme light concentration and manipulation,” Nat. Mater. 9(3), 193–204 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bjerneld, E. J.

H. Xu, E. J. Bjerneld, M. Käll, and L. Borjesson, “Spectroscopy of single hemoglobin molecules by surface enhanced Raman scattering,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 83(21), 4357–4360 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Boreman, G. D.

Borjesson, L.

H. Xu, E. J. Bjerneld, M. Käll, and L. Borjesson, “Spectroscopy of single hemoglobin molecules by surface enhanced Raman scattering,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 83(21), 4357–4360 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Bour, D.

Brongersma, M. L.

J. A. Schuller, E. S. Barnard, W. Cai, Y. C. Jun, J. S. White, and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics for extreme light concentration and manipulation,” Nat. Mater. 9(3), 193–204 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cai, W.

J. A. Schuller, E. S. Barnard, W. Cai, Y. C. Jun, J. S. White, and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics for extreme light concentration and manipulation,” Nat. Mater. 9(3), 193–204 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Capasso, F.

Chen, Y. F.

Corzine, S.

Crozier, K. B.

Cubukcu, E.

Dickinson, M. R.

A. N. Grigorenko, N. W. Roberts, M. R. Dickinson, and Y. Zhang, “Nanometric optical tweezers based on nanostructured substrates,” Nat. Photonics 2(6), 365–370 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Diehl, L.

Dmitriev, A.

R. Esteban, R. Vogelgesang, J. Dorfmüller, A. Dmitriev, C. Rockstuhl, C. Etrich, and K. Kern, “Direct near-field optical imaging of higher order plasmonic resonances,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3155–3159 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Dorfmüller, J.

R. Esteban, R. Vogelgesang, J. Dorfmüller, A. Dmitriev, C. Rockstuhl, C. Etrich, and K. Kern, “Direct near-field optical imaging of higher order plasmonic resonances,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3155–3159 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Eisler, H.-J.

P. Mühlschlegel, H.-J. Eisler, O. J. F. Martin, B. Hecht, and D. W. Pohl, “Resonant optical antennas,” Science 308(5728), 1607–1609 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Esteban, R.

R. Esteban, R. Vogelgesang, J. Dorfmüller, A. Dmitriev, C. Rockstuhl, C. Etrich, and K. Kern, “Direct near-field optical imaging of higher order plasmonic resonances,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3155–3159 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Etrich, C.

R. Esteban, R. Vogelgesang, J. Dorfmüller, A. Dmitriev, C. Rockstuhl, C. Etrich, and K. Kern, “Direct near-field optical imaging of higher order plasmonic resonances,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3155–3159 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fainman, Y.

Fang, N.

W. Srituravanich, N. Fang, C. Sun, Q. Luo, and X. Zhang, “Plasmonic Nanolithography,” Nano Lett. 4(6), 1085–1088 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Feng, L.

Fischer, H.

Fujiwara, H.

H. Fujiwara, Y. Tanaka, H. Ishiguro, A. Saito, and K. Sasaki, “Direct observation of localized fields in nanogaps between metal particles,” Appl. Phys. Express 2(10), 102002 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Garcia-Etxarri, A.

M. Schnell, A. Garcia-Etxarri, J. Alkorta, J. Aizpurua, and R. Hillenbrand, “Phase-resolved mapping of the near-field vector and polarization state in nanoscale antenna gaps,” Nano Lett. 10(9), 3524–3528 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gerton, J. M.

Grigorenko, A. N.

A. N. Grigorenko, N. W. Roberts, M. R. Dickinson, and Y. Zhang, “Nanometric optical tweezers based on nanostructured substrates,” Nat. Photonics 2(6), 365–370 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Gucciardi, P. G.

P. G. Gucciardi, G. Bachelier, and M. Allegrini, “Far-field background suppression in tip-modulated apertureless near-field optical microscopy,” J. Appl. Phys. 99(12), 124309 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Håkanson, U.

S. Kühn, U. Håkanson, L. Rogobete, and V. Sandoghdar, “Enhancement of single-molecule fluorescence using a gold nanoparticle as an optical nanoantenna,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97(1), 017402 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Han, S. W.

D.-S. Kim, J. Heo, S.-H. Ahn, S. W. Han, W. S. Yun, and Z. H. Kim, “Real-space mapping of the strongly coupled plasmons of nanoparticle dimers,” Nano Lett. 9(10), 3619–3625 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hanarp, P.

R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann, P. Hanarp, D. S. Sutherland, and J. Aizpurua, “Coherent imaging of nanoscale plasmon patterns with a carbon nanotube optical probe,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(2), 368–370 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Hao, E.

E. Hao and G. C. Schatz, “Electromagnetic fields around silver nanoparticles and dimers,” J. Chem. Phys. 120(1), 357–366 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Harel, E.

S. A. Maier, P. G. Kik, H. A. Atwater, S. Meltzer, E. Harel, B. E. Koel, and A. A. G. Requicha, “Local detection of electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit in metal nanoparticle plasmon waveguides,” Nat. Mater. 2(4), 229–232 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hecht, B.

P. Mühlschlegel, H.-J. Eisler, O. J. F. Martin, B. Hecht, and D. W. Pohl, “Resonant optical antennas,” Science 308(5728), 1607–1609 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Heo, J.

D.-S. Kim, J. Heo, S.-H. Ahn, S. W. Han, W. S. Yun, and Z. H. Kim, “Real-space mapping of the strongly coupled plasmons of nanoparticle dimers,” Nano Lett. 9(10), 3619–3625 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hillenbrand, R.

M. Schnell, A. Garcia-Etxarri, J. Alkorta, J. Aizpurua, and R. Hillenbrand, “Phase-resolved mapping of the near-field vector and polarization state in nanoscale antenna gaps,” Nano Lett. 10(9), 3524–3528 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann, P. Hanarp, D. S. Sutherland, and J. Aizpurua, “Coherent imaging of nanoscale plasmon patterns with a carbon nanotube optical probe,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(2), 368–370 (2003).
[CrossRef]

R. Hillenbrand and F. Keilmann, “Optical oscillation modes of plasmon particles observed in direct space by phase-contrast near-field microscopy,” Appl. Phys. B 73, 239–243 (2001).

Höfler, G.

Hossain, M. K.

K. Imura, H. Okamoto, M. K. Hossain, and M. Kitajima, “Visualization of localized intense optical fields in single gold-nanoparticle assemblies and ultrasensitive Raman active sites,” Nano Lett. 6(10), 2173–2176 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Imura, K.

K. Imura, H. Okamoto, M. K. Hossain, and M. Kitajima, “Visualization of localized intense optical fields in single gold-nanoparticle assemblies and ultrasensitive Raman active sites,” Nano Lett. 6(10), 2173–2176 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Inoue, M.

M. Inoue and K. Ohtaka, “Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering by Metal Spheres. I. Cluster Effect,” J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 52(11), 3853–3864 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Inouye, Y.

Ishiguro, H.

H. Fujiwara, Y. Tanaka, H. Ishiguro, A. Saito, and K. Sasaki, “Direct observation of localized fields in nanogaps between metal particles,” Appl. Phys. Express 2(10), 102002 (2009).
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M. Rang, A. C. Jones, F. Zhou, Z. Y. Li, B. J. Wiley, Y. N. Xia, and M. B. Raschke, “Optical near-field mapping of plasmonic nanoprisms,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3357–3363 (2008).
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J. A. Schuller, E. S. Barnard, W. Cai, Y. C. Jun, J. S. White, and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics for extreme light concentration and manipulation,” Nat. Mater. 9(3), 193–204 (2010).
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H. Xu and M. Käll, “Surface-plasmon-enhanced optical forces in silver nanoaggregates,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 89(24), 246802 (2002).
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S. A. Maier, P. G. Kik, H. A. Atwater, S. Meltzer, E. Harel, B. E. Koel, and A. A. G. Requicha, “Local detection of electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit in metal nanoparticle plasmon waveguides,” Nat. Mater. 2(4), 229–232 (2003).
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Kühn, S.

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Li, Z. Y.

M. Rang, A. C. Jones, F. Zhou, Z. Y. Li, B. J. Wiley, Y. N. Xia, and M. B. Raschke, “Optical near-field mapping of plasmonic nanoprisms,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3357–3363 (2008).
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Lomakin, V.

Luo, Q.

W. Srituravanich, N. Fang, C. Sun, Q. Luo, and X. Zhang, “Plasmonic Nanolithography,” Nano Lett. 4(6), 1085–1088 (2004).
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S. A. Maier, P. G. Kik, H. A. Atwater, S. Meltzer, E. Harel, B. E. Koel, and A. A. G. Requicha, “Local detection of electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit in metal nanoparticle plasmon waveguides,” Nat. Mater. 2(4), 229–232 (2003).
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S. A. Maier, P. G. Kik, H. A. Atwater, S. Meltzer, E. Harel, B. E. Koel, and A. A. G. Requicha, “Local detection of electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit in metal nanoparticle plasmon waveguides,” Nat. Mater. 2(4), 229–232 (2003).
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K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle-enhanced photopolymerization,” J. Phys. Chem. C 113(27), 11720–11724 (2009).
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K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle plasmon-assisted two-photon polymerization induced by incoherent excitation source,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130(22), 6928–6929 (2008).
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K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle-enhanced photopolymerization,” J. Phys. Chem. C 113(27), 11720–11724 (2009).
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K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle plasmon-assisted two-photon polymerization induced by incoherent excitation source,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130(22), 6928–6929 (2008).
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Mu, C.

Mühlschlegel, P.

P. Mühlschlegel, H.-J. Eisler, O. J. F. Martin, B. Hecht, and D. W. Pohl, “Resonant optical antennas,” Science 308(5728), 1607–1609 (2005).
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M. Inoue and K. Ohtaka, “Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering by Metal Spheres. I. Cluster Effect,” J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 52(11), 3853–3864 (1983).
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K. Imura, H. Okamoto, M. K. Hossain, and M. Kitajima, “Visualization of localized intense optical fields in single gold-nanoparticle assemblies and ultrasensitive Raman active sites,” Nano Lett. 6(10), 2173–2176 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Olmon, R. L.

Pohl, D. W.

P. Mühlschlegel, H.-J. Eisler, O. J. F. Martin, B. Hecht, and D. W. Pohl, “Resonant optical antennas,” Science 308(5728), 1607–1609 (2005).
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M. Rang, A. C. Jones, F. Zhou, Z. Y. Li, B. J. Wiley, Y. N. Xia, and M. B. Raschke, “Optical near-field mapping of plasmonic nanoprisms,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3357–3363 (2008).
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Raschke, M. B.

M. Rang, A. C. Jones, F. Zhou, Z. Y. Li, B. J. Wiley, Y. N. Xia, and M. B. Raschke, “Optical near-field mapping of plasmonic nanoprisms,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3357–3363 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. L. Olmon, P. M. Krenz, A. C. Jones, G. D. Boreman, and M. B. Raschke, “Near-field imaging of optical antenna modes in the mid-infrared,” Opt. Express 16(25), 20295–20305 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Requicha, A. A. G.

S. A. Maier, P. G. Kik, H. A. Atwater, S. Meltzer, E. Harel, B. E. Koel, and A. A. G. Requicha, “Local detection of electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit in metal nanoparticle plasmon waveguides,” Nat. Mater. 2(4), 229–232 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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A. N. Grigorenko, N. W. Roberts, M. R. Dickinson, and Y. Zhang, “Nanometric optical tweezers based on nanostructured substrates,” Nat. Photonics 2(6), 365–370 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Rockstuhl, C.

R. Esteban, R. Vogelgesang, J. Dorfmüller, A. Dmitriev, C. Rockstuhl, C. Etrich, and K. Kern, “Direct near-field optical imaging of higher order plasmonic resonances,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3155–3159 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rogobete, L.

S. Kühn, U. Håkanson, L. Rogobete, and V. Sandoghdar, “Enhancement of single-molecule fluorescence using a gold nanoparticle as an optical nanoantenna,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97(1), 017402 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Saito, A.

H. Fujiwara, Y. Tanaka, H. Ishiguro, A. Saito, and K. Sasaki, “Direct observation of localized fields in nanogaps between metal particles,” Appl. Phys. Express 2(10), 102002 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Sandoghdar, V.

S. Kühn, U. Håkanson, L. Rogobete, and V. Sandoghdar, “Enhancement of single-molecule fluorescence using a gold nanoparticle as an optical nanoantenna,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97(1), 017402 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sasaki, K.

H. Fujiwara, Y. Tanaka, H. Ishiguro, A. Saito, and K. Sasaki, “Direct observation of localized fields in nanogaps between metal particles,” Appl. Phys. Express 2(10), 102002 (2009).
[CrossRef]

K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle-enhanced photopolymerization,” J. Phys. Chem. C 113(27), 11720–11724 (2009).
[CrossRef]

K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle plasmon-assisted two-photon polymerization induced by incoherent excitation source,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130(22), 6928–6929 (2008).
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E. Hao and G. C. Schatz, “Electromagnetic fields around silver nanoparticles and dimers,” J. Chem. Phys. 120(1), 357–366 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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M. Schnell, A. Garcia-Etxarri, J. Alkorta, J. Aizpurua, and R. Hillenbrand, “Phase-resolved mapping of the near-field vector and polarization state in nanoscale antenna gaps,” Nano Lett. 10(9), 3524–3528 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schuller, J. A.

J. A. Schuller, E. S. Barnard, W. Cai, Y. C. Jun, J. S. White, and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics for extreme light concentration and manipulation,” Nat. Mater. 9(3), 193–204 (2010).
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T. H. Taminiau, F. D. Stefani, F. B. Segerink, and N. F. Van Hulst, “Optical antennas direct single-molecule emission,” Nat. Photonics 2(4), 234–237 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle-enhanced photopolymerization,” J. Phys. Chem. C 113(27), 11720–11724 (2009).
[CrossRef]

K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle plasmon-assisted two-photon polymerization induced by incoherent excitation source,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130(22), 6928–6929 (2008).
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W. Srituravanich, N. Fang, C. Sun, Q. Luo, and X. Zhang, “Plasmonic Nanolithography,” Nano Lett. 4(6), 1085–1088 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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T. H. Taminiau, F. D. Stefani, F. B. Segerink, and N. F. Van Hulst, “Optical antennas direct single-molecule emission,” Nat. Photonics 2(4), 234–237 (2008).
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W. Srituravanich, N. Fang, C. Sun, Q. Luo, and X. Zhang, “Plasmonic Nanolithography,” Nano Lett. 4(6), 1085–1088 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann, P. Hanarp, D. S. Sutherland, and J. Aizpurua, “Coherent imaging of nanoscale plasmon patterns with a carbon nanotube optical probe,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(2), 368–370 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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T. H. Taminiau, F. D. Stefani, F. B. Segerink, and N. F. Van Hulst, “Optical antennas direct single-molecule emission,” Nat. Photonics 2(4), 234–237 (2008).
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H. Fujiwara, Y. Tanaka, H. Ishiguro, A. Saito, and K. Sasaki, “Direct observation of localized fields in nanogaps between metal particles,” Appl. Phys. Express 2(10), 102002 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle-enhanced photopolymerization,” J. Phys. Chem. C 113(27), 11720–11724 (2009).
[CrossRef]

K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle plasmon-assisted two-photon polymerization induced by incoherent excitation source,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130(22), 6928–6929 (2008).
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T. H. Taminiau, F. D. Stefani, F. B. Segerink, and N. F. Van Hulst, “Optical antennas direct single-molecule emission,” Nat. Photonics 2(4), 234–237 (2008).
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Vogelgesang, R.

R. Esteban, R. Vogelgesang, J. Dorfmüller, A. Dmitriev, C. Rockstuhl, C. Etrich, and K. Kern, “Direct near-field optical imaging of higher order plasmonic resonances,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3155–3159 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wang, Q. J.

White, J. S.

J. A. Schuller, E. S. Barnard, W. Cai, Y. C. Jun, J. S. White, and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics for extreme light concentration and manipulation,” Nat. Mater. 9(3), 193–204 (2010).
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M. Rang, A. C. Jones, F. Zhou, Z. Y. Li, B. J. Wiley, Y. N. Xia, and M. B. Raschke, “Optical near-field mapping of plasmonic nanoprisms,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3357–3363 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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M. Rang, A. C. Jones, F. Zhou, Z. Y. Li, B. J. Wiley, Y. N. Xia, and M. B. Raschke, “Optical near-field mapping of plasmonic nanoprisms,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3357–3363 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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H. Xu and M. Käll, “Surface-plasmon-enhanced optical forces in silver nanoaggregates,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 89(24), 246802 (2002).
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H. Xu, E. J. Bjerneld, M. Käll, and L. Borjesson, “Spectroscopy of single hemoglobin molecules by surface enhanced Raman scattering,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 83(21), 4357–4360 (1999).
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K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle-enhanced photopolymerization,” J. Phys. Chem. C 113(27), 11720–11724 (2009).
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K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle plasmon-assisted two-photon polymerization induced by incoherent excitation source,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130(22), 6928–6929 (2008).
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D.-S. Kim, J. Heo, S.-H. Ahn, S. W. Han, W. S. Yun, and Z. H. Kim, “Real-space mapping of the strongly coupled plasmons of nanoparticle dimers,” Nano Lett. 9(10), 3619–3625 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zhang, X.

W. Srituravanich, N. Fang, C. Sun, Q. Luo, and X. Zhang, “Plasmonic Nanolithography,” Nano Lett. 4(6), 1085–1088 (2004).
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A. N. Grigorenko, N. W. Roberts, M. R. Dickinson, and Y. Zhang, “Nanometric optical tweezers based on nanostructured substrates,” Nat. Photonics 2(6), 365–370 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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M. Rang, A. C. Jones, F. Zhou, Z. Y. Li, B. J. Wiley, Y. N. Xia, and M. B. Raschke, “Optical near-field mapping of plasmonic nanoprisms,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3357–3363 (2008).
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Appl. Phys. B (1)

R. Hillenbrand and F. Keilmann, “Optical oscillation modes of plasmon particles observed in direct space by phase-contrast near-field microscopy,” Appl. Phys. B 73, 239–243 (2001).

Appl. Phys. Express (1)

H. Fujiwara, Y. Tanaka, H. Ishiguro, A. Saito, and K. Sasaki, “Direct observation of localized fields in nanogaps between metal particles,” Appl. Phys. Express 2(10), 102002 (2009).
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Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

E. Cubukcu, E. A. Kort, K. B. Crozier, and F. Capasso, “Plasmonic laser antenna,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89(9), 093120 (2006).
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J. Am. Chem. Soc. (1)

K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle plasmon-assisted two-photon polymerization induced by incoherent excitation source,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130(22), 6928–6929 (2008).
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P. G. Gucciardi, G. Bachelier, and M. Allegrini, “Far-field background suppression in tip-modulated apertureless near-field optical microscopy,” J. Appl. Phys. 99(12), 124309 (2006).
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E. Hao and G. C. Schatz, “Electromagnetic fields around silver nanoparticles and dimers,” J. Chem. Phys. 120(1), 357–366 (2004).
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J. Phys. Chem. C (1)

K. Ueno, S. Juodkazis, T. Shibuya, Y. Yokota, V. Mizeikis, K. Sasaki, and H. Misawa, “Nanoparticle-enhanced photopolymerization,” J. Phys. Chem. C 113(27), 11720–11724 (2009).
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J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. (1)

M. Inoue and K. Ohtaka, “Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering by Metal Spheres. I. Cluster Effect,” J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 52(11), 3853–3864 (1983).
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Nano Lett. (6)

W. Srituravanich, N. Fang, C. Sun, Q. Luo, and X. Zhang, “Plasmonic Nanolithography,” Nano Lett. 4(6), 1085–1088 (2004).
[CrossRef]

K. Imura, H. Okamoto, M. K. Hossain, and M. Kitajima, “Visualization of localized intense optical fields in single gold-nanoparticle assemblies and ultrasensitive Raman active sites,” Nano Lett. 6(10), 2173–2176 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Esteban, R. Vogelgesang, J. Dorfmüller, A. Dmitriev, C. Rockstuhl, C. Etrich, and K. Kern, “Direct near-field optical imaging of higher order plasmonic resonances,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3155–3159 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D.-S. Kim, J. Heo, S.-H. Ahn, S. W. Han, W. S. Yun, and Z. H. Kim, “Real-space mapping of the strongly coupled plasmons of nanoparticle dimers,” Nano Lett. 9(10), 3619–3625 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Rang, A. C. Jones, F. Zhou, Z. Y. Li, B. J. Wiley, Y. N. Xia, and M. B. Raschke, “Optical near-field mapping of plasmonic nanoprisms,” Nano Lett. 8(10), 3357–3363 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Nat. Mater. (2)

S. A. Maier, P. G. Kik, H. A. Atwater, S. Meltzer, E. Harel, B. E. Koel, and A. A. G. Requicha, “Local detection of electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit in metal nanoparticle plasmon waveguides,” Nat. Mater. 2(4), 229–232 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Nat. Photonics (2)

T. H. Taminiau, F. D. Stefani, F. B. Segerink, and N. F. Van Hulst, “Optical antennas direct single-molecule emission,” Nat. Photonics 2(4), 234–237 (2008).
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[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

B. Knoll and F. Keilmann, “Electromagnetic fields in the cutoff regime of tapered metallic waveguides,” Opt. Commun. 162(4-6), 177–181 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (6)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Phys. Rev. E Stat. Phys. Plasmas Fluids Relat. Interdiscip. Topics (1)

H. Xu, J. Aizpurua, M. Käll, and P. Apell, “Electromagnetic contributions to single-molecule sensitivity in surface-enhanced raman scattering,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Phys. Plasmas Fluids Relat. Interdiscip. Topics 62(33 Pt B), 4318–4324 (2000).
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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Direct near-field imaging of optical nanoantennas with a scattering-type NSOM. The nanoantennas are illuminated under the focused TIR conditions. The confined plasmonic fields are scattered by the sharp AFM tip and transformed to propagating waves during the scanning operation. The near-field and the topography images are obtained simultaneously. The inset shows SEM image of the AFM tip apex [30]. Bar = 180 nm.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Near-field image of a simple dipole nanoantenna. Topography (A) and corresponding scattered near-field images (B) of a single gold nanosphere. (C) Line profile along the dashed line marked in (B). FWHM of the two peaks are 15.8 nm and 14.2 nm. (D) Calculated near-field distribution of a 50-nm nanosphere with the same excitation as in (B). The image shows the X-component of the electric field in a height of 25 nm above the substrate. Arrows indicate the polarization directions of the incident probe beam. Bar = 100 nm.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Dimer nanoantenna with a single nanometer-scale gap. SEM image (A) and experimental scattering spectrum (B) of a single pair of diagonally aligned gold nanoblocks, with an interparticle edge-to-edge separation distance of ~7 nm. The scattering spectrum (B) is normalized by the incident white light intensity. The vertical red line in (B) represents the incident beam wavelength. (C) Calculated near-field distributions of a model gold nanogap antenna; block size = 115 × 115 × 30 nm, curvature radius of each corner = 20 nm, and gap distance = 7 nm. The images show the X- component of the electric field in the X-Y plane at half-height and the X-Z plane along the diagonal line of the antenna. (D) Theoretical scattering spectrum of the same model nanogap antenna as in (C). In the experimental and theoretical scattering spectra, the optical excitation is polarized along the dimer axis.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Near-field image of the nanogap plasmon mode. Topography (A) and corresponding scattered near-field images (B) of the nanogap antenna in Fig. 3. The two dashed squares in (B) spatially correspond to the ones in (A). The inset in (B) shows the 2x magnified view around the interparticle gap area. (C) Line profiles of the topography (gray dotted curve) and the near-field (red solid curve) images along the dimer axis in (A) and (B), respectively. The blue solid curve shows a line profile of the calculated near-field image (top of Fig. 3C) along the dimer axis. The FWHM of the measured near-field distributions is 9.2 ± 0.5 nm from five repeated measurements. (D) A 3-D view of the near-field image in (B). (E) Scattered near-field image of the antenna with the polarization direction perpendicular to the dimer axis. The color scale is same as in (B). Bar = 100 nm.

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