near-field scanning optical microscopy


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near-field scanning optical microscopy

[¦nir ¦fēld ‚skan·iŋ ‚äp·tə·kəl mī′kräs·kə·pē]
(optics)
A technique for making optical measurements at dimensions much smaller than the wavelength of light, by scanning a nanometric detector or radiation source in proximity to a sample surface. Also known as scanning near-field optical microscopy.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Chichester, "Single molecules observed by near-field scanning optical microscopy," Science, Vol.
Near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) uses an optical fiber drawn to a fine tip.
of Pittsburgh) present examples of the applications of the technology in 17 papers discussing near-field scanning optical microscopy, mechanical studies of polymers by atomic force microscopy, single- molecule studies, and polymer surface characterization by scanned probes.
In the Market Profile of near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) that appeared in the May 15, 2005 issue of IBO, WITec GmbH was inadvertently omitted from the list of leading NSOM suppliers.

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