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STTR Phase I: Surface Plasmon Enhanced High Efficiency Near-field Probes

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National Science Foundation
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Itn Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127-4107
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: STTR Phase I: Surface Plasmon Enhanced High Efficiency Near-field Probes
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0340259
Award Amount: $99,963.00


This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I research project will develop near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) probes with dramatically increased transmission efficiency that will lead to increased spatial resolution and higher scan speed. High transmission efficiency will be achieved by incorporation of newly discovered near-field surface plasmon affects. NSOM probes using surface plasmon enhancement will have 2-3 orders of magnitude higher transmission than existing probes, allowing faster scanning speeds as well as better spatial resolution. A combination of first principles modeling and nanofabrication of test structures in Phase I will provide proof of concept as well as a guide for Phase II optimization. This program will push the fundamental scientific understanding of near-field optics while simultaneously enhancing the capabilities of commercial NSOM metrology instruments, which have wide applicability in nanotechnology development, lithography and metrology. Plasmon optics have potential applications to a broad range of areas where high efficiency and subwavelength sizes are required including the integration of optics with microelectronics, spatial and spectral optical multiplexing, and data storage applications.

Principal Investigator:

Russell Hollingsworth

Business Contact:

Janet Casteel
Small Business Information at Submission:

ITN Energy Systems Incorporated
8130 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois
Golden, CO 80401
Contact: Ruben Collins
Contact Phone: (303) 273-3851
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university