Journal of Russian Laser Research

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 599–607 | Cite as

Apertureless near-field laser nanotechnology

  • Anton A. Kolesnikov
  • Yurii E. Lozovik
  • Svetlana P. Merkulova
  • Alexander V. Merkulov
  • Mikhail A. Anisimov


We consider apertureless near-field optics that provides subwavelength resolution. We study the enhancement of the electromagnetic field near nanospheres and under the tip of a scanning probe microscope using the finite difference time-domain (FDTD) method. We discuss the mechanisms of field enhancement connected with the system geometry (“lightning rod effect”) and resonance excitation of local plasmon eigenmodes for different materials of the tip and various geometrical parameters of the system. We describe the possible applications in nano-optics and nanotechnology. We present the experimental achievements in apertureless near-field nanolithography.


near field FDTD apertureless near-field optics subwavelength resolution nano-optics nanolithography lightning rod effect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anton A. Kolesnikov
    • 1
  • Yurii E. Lozovik
    • 1
    • 2
  • Svetlana P. Merkulova
    • 2
  • Alexander V. Merkulov
    • 2
  • Mikhail A. Anisimov
    • 1
  1. 1.Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University)Moscow RegionRussia
  2. 2.Institute of SpectroscopyTroitskRussia

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