Abstract

We present an analytical proof of the equivalence of scanning near-field optical images of small objects obtained by two alternative operating modes: (1) scanning at a constant distance from the mean plane of the surface and recording the detected intensity (constant-height images) and (2) keeping the detected intensity constant and recording the vertical motion of the tip (constant-intensity images). Numerical simulations with homogeneous and inhomogeneous samples illustrate this result.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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