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Title: Broadband infrared vibrational nano-spectroscopy using thermal blackbody radiation

Abstract

Infrared vibrational nano-spectroscopy based on scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) provides intrinsic chemical specificity with nanometer spatial resolution. Here we use incoherent infrared radiation from a 1400 K thermal blackbody emitter for broadband infrared (IR) nano-spectroscopy.With optimized interferometric heterodyne signal amplification we achieve few-monolayer sensitivity in phonon polariton spectroscopy and attomolar molecular vibrational spectroscopy. Near-field localization and nanoscale spatial resolution is demonstrated in imaging flakes of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) and determination of its phonon polariton dispersion relation. The signal-to-noise ratio calculations and analysis for different samples and illumination sources provide a reference for irradiance requirements and the attainable near-field signal levels in s-SNOM in general. As a result, the use of a thermal emitter as an IR source thus opens s-SNOM for routine chemical FTIR nano-spectroscopy.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
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Research Org.:
Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1240131
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0008807
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Optics Express
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 25; Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Publisher:
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; near-field microscopy; spectroscopy; infrared

Citation Formats

O’Callahan, Brian T., Lewis, William E., Möbius, Silke, Stanley, Jared C., Muller, Eric A., and Raschke, Markus B. Broadband infrared vibrational nano-spectroscopy using thermal blackbody radiation. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1364/OE.23.032063.
O’Callahan, Brian T., Lewis, William E., Möbius, Silke, Stanley, Jared C., Muller, Eric A., & Raschke, Markus B. Broadband infrared vibrational nano-spectroscopy using thermal blackbody radiation. United States. doi:10.1364/OE.23.032063.
O’Callahan, Brian T., Lewis, William E., Möbius, Silke, Stanley, Jared C., Muller, Eric A., and Raschke, Markus B. Thu . "Broadband infrared vibrational nano-spectroscopy using thermal blackbody radiation". United States. doi:10.1364/OE.23.032063. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1240131.
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title = {Broadband infrared vibrational nano-spectroscopy using thermal blackbody radiation},
author = {O’Callahan, Brian T. and Lewis, William E. and Möbius, Silke and Stanley, Jared C. and Muller, Eric A. and Raschke, Markus B.},
abstractNote = {Infrared vibrational nano-spectroscopy based on scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) provides intrinsic chemical specificity with nanometer spatial resolution. Here we use incoherent infrared radiation from a 1400 K thermal blackbody emitter for broadband infrared (IR) nano-spectroscopy.With optimized interferometric heterodyne signal amplification we achieve few-monolayer sensitivity in phonon polariton spectroscopy and attomolar molecular vibrational spectroscopy. Near-field localization and nanoscale spatial resolution is demonstrated in imaging flakes of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) and determination of its phonon polariton dispersion relation. The signal-to-noise ratio calculations and analysis for different samples and illumination sources provide a reference for irradiance requirements and the attainable near-field signal levels in s-SNOM in general. As a result, the use of a thermal emitter as an IR source thus opens s-SNOM for routine chemical FTIR nano-spectroscopy.},
doi = {10.1364/OE.23.032063},
journal = {Optics Express},
number = 25,
volume = 23,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {12}
}

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