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

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0340259
Agency Tracking Number: 0340259
Amount: $99,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
8130 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton, CO, 80127
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Hollingsworth
 PI
 (303) 420-1141
 rhollingsworth@itnes.com
Business Contact
 Janet Casteel
Phone: (303) 285-5111
Email: jcasteel@itnes.com
Research Institution
 Colorado School of Mines
 Ruben Collins
 1500 Illinois
Golden, CO, 80401
 (303) 273-3851
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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.

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