Abstract

We analyzed the behavior of the electric field in a focal plane consisting of a solid immersion lens (SIL), an air gap, and a measurement sample for radially polarized illumination in SIL-based near-field optics with an annular aperture. The analysis was based on the Debye diffraction integral and multiple beam interference. For SIL-based near-field optics whose NA is higher than unity, radially polarized light generates a smaller beam spot on the bottom surface of a SIL than circularly polarized light; however, the beam spot on the measurement sample is broadened with a more dominant transverse electric field. By introducing an annular aperture technique, it is possible to decrease the effects of the transverse electric field, and therefore the size of the beam spot on the measurement sample can be small. This analysis could have various applications in near-field optical storage, near-field microscopy, lithography at ultrahigh resolution, and other applications that use SILs for high resolution.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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