We demonstrate that tapered optical fibre probes can be easily modified in the taper cone to realize an electric dipole producing a well-defined near-field polarized light. This novel structure is made of a Short-cut Double C–shaped probe design combined to the usual full metal coating near the tapered end of the fibre. Hence, the cone at the apex of the probe is excited by an equivalent dipole whose spatial orientation is dictated by the probe geometry, regardless the polarization state of the incoming light. Properties and performances of such a configuration are first predicted by a finitedifference time domain simulation, showing that the near field coming out from the probe is linearly polarized. Following this novel design, a probe prototype is manufactured and tested. Its measured polar diagram confirms the polarization maintenance property in the near field.
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|Titolo:||Polarization-maintaining near-field optical probes|
|Citazione:||S., P., E., C., S., S., R., G., Albani, M., & M., A. (2008). Polarization-maintaining near-field optical probes. JOURNAL OF MICROSCOPY, 229, 377-383.|
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