Adiabatic nanofocusing: Spectroscopy, transport and imaging investigation of the nano world
Di Fabrizio, Enzo M.
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
Materials Science and Engineering Program
PRIMALIGHT Research Group
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Online Publication Date2014-11-04
Print Publication Date2014-11-01
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/565951
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AbstractAdiabatic compression plays a fundamental role in the realization of localized enhanced electromagnetic field hot spots, it provides the possibility to focus at nanoscale optical excitation. It differs from the well-known lightning rod effect since it is based on the lossless propagation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) up to a nano-sized metal tip where the energy density is largely enhanced. Here we discuss two important applications of adiabatic compression: Raman and hot electron spectroscopy at nanometric resolution. The underlying phenomena are the conversion of SPPs into photons or hot electrons. New scanning probe spectroscopy techniques along with experimental results are discussed. We foresee that these techniques will play a key role in relating the functional and structural properties of matter at the nanoscale.
JournalJournal of Optics