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]
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.
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