Nanoscale imaging & spectroscopy application notes
neaspec’s neaSNOM was used by researchers at the CIC nanoGUNE to visualize how light moves in time and space inside an exotic class of matter known as hyperbolic materials. For the first time, ultraslow pulse propagation and backward propagating waves in deep subwavelength-scale thick slabs of boron nitride – a natural hyperbolic material for infrared light – could be observed.
neaspec GmbH and Fraunhofer IPM have developed a ready-to-use terahertz system that is capable of achieving a spatial resolution of 30 nanometers in combination with neaspec’s near-field microscope - neaSNOM
Using nano-FTIR neaSNOM it could be shown that thin-film organic semiconductors contain regions of structural disorder. These could inhibit the transport of charge and limit the efficiency of organic electronic devices.
The neaSNOM microscope equipped with a THz illumination unit were applied in ultrafast spectroscopy to take snapshots of super-fast electronic nano-motion. The scientists were able to record a 3D movie of electrons moving at the surface of a semiconductor nanowire.
neaspec's neaSNOM microscope allows for launching and controlling light propagating along graphene, opening new venues for extremely miniaturized photonic devices and circuits
nano-FTIR beats the diffraction limit in infrared bio-spectroscopy and probes secondary structure in individual protein complexes
neaSNOM/nano-FTIR allows infrared spectroscopy with a broadband laser-source at a spatial resolution of 20nm that is up to 1000-times better than in conventional FT-IR infrared spectroscopy.
Two independent research teams have successfully used their neaSNOM infrared near-field microscopes for laying down a ghost: visualizing Dirac plasmons propagating along graphene, for the first time.
Near-field microscopy at infared and terahertz frequencies allows to quantify free carrier properties at the nanoscale without the need of electrical contacts.
Based on their unique near-field spectral signature infrared-active materials can be identified with neaSNOM.
Near-field imaging of resonant gold nanodiscs reveals a dipolar oscillation mode.
Near-field images of a polymer blend made of Polystyrene (PS) and Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) reveal the nanostructured phase separation of the materials.
Infrared near-field microscopy allows to study the propagation of surface waves in the infrared spectral regime. Amplitude and phase resolved...
Direct verification of superlensing can be achieved by near-field microscopy as the local field transmitted by a superlens can be investigated in the near-field of the lens.
Direct visualization of infrared light transportation and nanofocusing by miniature transmission lines is possible by amplitude- and phase-resolved near-field microscopy.
Amplitude and phase resolved near-field mapping of the local field distribution on resonant IR antennas can be used to analyze the antenna design and its functionality.
The high spatial resolution of infrared near-field microscopy allows for detailed studies of phase transitions in materials like the insulator-to-metal transition of vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films.
Mapping nanoscale stress/strain fields around nanoindents in the surface of Silicon Carbide (SiC) crystals. Compressive/tensile strain occurs in bright/dark contrast respectively.
The local conductivity of nanowires can be investigated by infrared near-field microscopy.
Recording “fingerprint” spectra of single viruses and polymer nanobeads allows for identification of individual particles.
neaSNOM enables spectroscopic identification of materials at the nanometer scale.
neaSNOM/nano-FTIR allows infrared spectroscpy with a thermal source at a spatial resolution of 100nm that is up to 200 times better than in conventional FT-IR infrared spectroscopy.
Customers that trust us
We were looking for a flexible research tool capable of characterizing our energy storage materials at the nanoscale. neaSNOM proofed to be the system with the highest spatial resolution in infrared imaging and spectroscopy and brings us substantial new insights for our research.
The neaSNOM microscope with it’s imaging and nano-FTIR mode is the most useful research instrument in years, bringing genuinely new insights.
As a newcomer to the near-field optics I am very grateful for the prompt and competent support provided by neaspec’s experts.
The neaSNOM new imaging technique offers me the right tool to unravel the fascinating world of protein folding in complex biological systems at the nanoscale
A unique advantage of the neaSNOM microscope is that it can be applied to many fields of scientific research such as Chemistry, Semiconductor Technology, Polymer Science and even Life-Science.
I needed a flexible experimental platform with a high degree of optical access. The highly modular design of neaSNOM provides an ideal foundation for the development of my own experiments on top of it.
The neaSNOM near-field microscope and it’s user-friendly software offer us an incredible flexibility for the realization of our unique experiments – without compromises in robustness, handling and ease-of-use.
The great stability and robustness of the neaSnom are key features for serving our diverse user’s demands. The neaScan software is friendly and intuitive allowing fresh users to quickly start measuring.
With its ultra-small & ultra-fast capabilities as well as the highly-compatible & user-friendly design, the neaSNOM near-field microscope offers us unique opportunities to uncover the intriguing nano-optical phenomena of novel two-dimensional materials.
As a near-field expert I was quickly convinced that neaSNOM is the only optical AFM microscope completely satisfying the needs of demanding near-field experiments. It’s the best comercially available technology and in addition really easy to use.
The neaSNOM microscope boosted my research in plasmonic properties of noble metal nanocrystals, optical resonances of dielectric nanostructures, and plasmon polaritons of graphene-like two dimensional nanomaterials.
The unique dual beam-path design of the neaSNOM near-field microscope makes neaspec the natural choice for ultrafast spectroscopy at the nanoscale.
Developed by the s-SNOM experts, the neaSNOM microsocope is the ideal tool for our demanding applications. We work on characterizing opto-electronic devices like LEDs, transistors based on GaN and SiC as well as nanocomposites in e.g. textile fibers.
After many years of research and development in near-field microscopy, we finally made our dream come true to perform infrared imaging & spectroscopy at the nanoscale. With neaSNOM we can additionally realize Raman, fluorescence and non-linear nano-spectroscopy.
neaspec provides an ideal and reliable near-field optical microscope. Their expertise has proved invaluable in setting up my experiments.
Already after the first day of the system installation we have been able to measure publishable data.
Creating remarkable scientific impact
- Nanofocusing of Hyperbolic Phonon Polaritons in a Tapered Boron Nitride SlabReversible optical switching of highly confined phonon–polaritons with an ultrathin phase-change material
- Nanoscopy of Black Phosphorus DegradationUltrafast optical switching of infrared plasmon polaritons in high-mobility graphene
- Real-space mapping of tailored sheet and edge plasmons in graphene nanoresonatorsTwo-dimensional optical nanovortices at visible light
- Near-field characterization of bound plasmonic modes in metal strip waveguidesExploring the detection limits of infrared near-field microscopy regarding small buried structures and pushing them by exploiting superlens-related effects
- Nano-FTIR microscopy and spectroscopy studies of atmospheric corrosion with a spatial resolution of 20 nmNear-field photocurrent nanoscopy on bare and encapsulated graphene
- Far-Field Spectroscopy and Near-Field Optical Imaging of Coupled Plasmon–Phonon Polaritons in 2D van der Waals HeterostructuresHarnessing a Quantum Design Approach for Making Low-Loss Superlenses
- Nanoscale plasmonic phenomena in CVD-grown MoS2 monolayer revealed by ultra-broadband synchrotron radiation based nano-FTIR spectroscopy and near-field microscopyUltrafast Mid-Infrared Nanoscopy of Strained Vanadium Dioxide Nanobeams
- Active Optical Metasurfaces Based on Defect-Engineered Phase-Transition MaterialsNanoscale Insights into the Hydrogenation Process of Layered α-MoO3
- Real-Space Mapping of the Chiral Near-Field Distributions in Spiral Antennas and Planar MetasurfacesSpin-patterned plasmonics: towards optical access to topological-insulator surface states
- Nanoscale shaping and focusing of visible light in planar metal–oxide–silicon waveguidesNew IR imaging modalities for cancer detection and for intra-cell chemical mapping with a sub-diffraction mid-IR s-SNOM
- Edge and Surface Plasmons in Graphene NanoribbonsBoosting Local Field Enhancement by on-Chip Nanofocusing and Impedance-Matched Plasmonic Antennas
- Mapping the near fields of plasmonic nanoantennas by scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopyImaging of phase change materials below a capping layer using correlative infrared near-field microscopy and electron microscopy
- Plasmons in graphene moiré superlatticesDirect observation of ultraslow hyperbolic polariton propagation with negative phase velocity
- Control of plasmonic nanoantennas by reversible metal-insulator transitionA centimeter-scale sub-10 nm gap plasmonic nanorod array film as a versatile platform for enhancing light–matter interactions
- Graphene-Based Platform for Infrared Near-Field Nano-Spectroscopy of Water and Biological Materials in an Aqueous EnvironmentTunneling Plasmonics in Bilayer Graphene
- Tuning and Persistent Switching of Graphene Plasmons on a Ferroelectric SubstratePhase transition in bulk single crystals and thin films of VO2 by nanoscale infrared spectroscopy and imaging
- Hyperbolic phonon-polaritons in boron nitride for near-field optical imaging and focusingGraphene on hexagonal boron nitride as a tunable hyperbolic metamaterial
- Graphene/h-BN plasmon–phonon coupling and plasmon delocalization observed by infrared nano-spectroscopyNear-field imaging of phased array metasurfaces
- Magnitude and phase-resolved infrared vibrational nanospectroscopy with a swept quantum cascade laserThe reduction of surface plasmon losses in quasi-suspended graphene
- Subdiffractional focusing and guiding of polaritonic rays in a natural hyperbolic materialSolvothermally Synthesized Sb2Te3 Platelets Show Unexpected Optical Contrasts in Mid-Infrared Near-Field Scanning Microscopy
- Efficient interfacing photonic and long-range dielectric-loaded plasmonic waveguidesRelation of chemical composition to asphalt microstructure – Details and properties of micro-structures in bitumen as seen by thermal and friction force microscopy and by scanning near-filed optical microscopy
- IR Near-Field Study of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase on a Tin ElectrodeNanoscale-resolved chemical identification of thin organic films using infrared near-field spectroscopy and standard Fourier transform infrared references
- Highly confined low-loss plasmons in graphene–boron nitride heterostructuresNanoscale infrared spectroscopy as a non-destructive probe of extraterrestrial samples
- Impedance spectroscopy characterization of relaxation mechanisms in gold–chitosan nanocompositesTiny Crystals Located and Identified by Infrared Nanoscopy
- IR Near-Field Spectroscopy and Imaging of Single LixFePO4 MicrocrystalsSub-100 nm Focusing of Short Wavelength Plasmons in Homogeneous 2D Space
- Ultrafast multi-terahertz nano-spectroscopy with sub-cycle temporal resolutionNear-Field Mapping of Optical Modes on All-Dielectric Silicon Nanodisks
- Near-field imaging and spectroscopy of locally strained GaN using an IR broadband laserUltrafast Dynamics of Surface Plasmons in InAs by Time-Resolved Infrared Nanospectroscopy
- Graphene-Enhanced Infrared Near-Field MicroscopyCheckerboard Nanoplasmonic Gold Structure for Long-Wave Infrared Absorption Enhancement
- Characterization of semiconductor materials using synchrotron radiation-based near-field infrared microscopy and nano-FTIR spectroscopyDirect Characterization of Plasmonic Slot Waveguides and Nanocouplers
- Sub-micron phase coexistence in small-molecule organic thin films revealed by infrared nano-imagingBundle versus network conductivity of carbon nanotubes separated by type
- Polarization-Resolved Near-Field Characterization of Nanoscale Infrared Modes in Transmission Lines Fabricated by Gallium and Helium Ion Beam MillingControlling graphene plasmons with resonant metal antennas and spatial conductivity patterns
- Direct Near-Field Observation of Orientation-Dependent Optical Response of Gold NanorodsNanofocusing in circular sector-like nanoantennas
- Tunable Phonon Polaritons in Atomically Thin van der Waals Crystals of Boron NitrideUltrafast and Nanoscale Plasmonic Phenomena in Exfoliated Graphene Revealed by Infrared Pump−Probe Nanoscopy
- Structural analysis and mapping of individual protein complexes by infrared nanospectroscopyStrong Plasmon Reflection at Nanometer-Size Gaps in Monolayer Graphene on SiC
- Anisotropic Electronic State via Spontaneous Phase Separation in Strained Vanadium Dioxide FilmsElectronic and plasmonic phenomena at graphene grain boundaries
- Probe-sample optical interaction: size and wavelength dependence in localized plasmon near-field imagingAnisotropic Electronic State via Spontaneous Phase Separation in Strained Vanadium Dioxide Films
- Experimental Verification of the Spectral Shift between Near- and Far-Field Peak Intensities of Plasmonic Infrared NanoantennasVisibility of weak contrasts in subsurface scattering near-field microscopy
- Quantitative Measurement of Local Infrared Absorption and Dielectric Function with Tip-Enhanced Near-Field MicroscopyNear-field imaging and nano-Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy using broadband synchrotron radiation
- Visualizing the near-field coupling and interference of bonding and anti-bonding modes in infrared dimer nanoantennasResonant Antenna Probes for Tip-Enhanced Infrared Near-Field Microscopy
- Visualisation of methacrylate-embedded human bone sections by infrared nanoscopyCorrelative infrared–electron nanoscopy reveals the local structure–conductivity relationship in zinc oxide nanowires.
- Near-field spectroscopy of silicon dioxide thin filmsNanoscale near-field infrared spectroscopic imaging of silica-shell/gold-core and pure silica nanoparticles
- Characterization of localized surface plasmon resonance transducers produced from Au25 nanoparticle multilayersAntenna-enhanced infrared near-field nanospectroscopy of a polymer
- Real-space mapping of nanoplasmonic hotspots via optical antenna-gap loadingNanoscale Layering of Antiferromagnetic and Superconducting Phases in Rb2Fe4Se5 Single Crystals.
- Gate-tuning of graphene plasmons revealed by infrared nano-imagingOptical nano-imaging of gate-tunable graphene plasmons
- nano-FTIR absorption spectroscopy of molecular fingerprints at 20 nm spatial resolution.Quasi-analytical model for scattering infrared near-field microscopy on layered systems.
- nano-FTIR chemical mapping of minerals in biological materialsResolving the electromagnetic mechanism of surface-enhanced light scattering at single hot spots
- Phase in NanoopticsEnhanced resolution in subsurface near-field optical microscopy
- Designer magnetoplasmonics with Nickel NanoferromagnetsInfrared nanoscopy of Dirac Plasmons at the Graphene-SiO2 Interface
- Nanoscale subsurface- and material-specific identification of single nanoparticlesLongitudinal and transverse coupling in infrared gold nanoantenna arrays: long range versus short range interaction regimes
- Real-Space Mapping of Fano Interference in Plasmonic MetamoleculesNanoscale Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy of Individual Nanoparticles Enabled by Scattering-Type Near-Field Microscopy
- Plasmonic Nickel NanoantennasInfrared-spectroscopic nanoimaging with a thermal source
- Nanofocusing of mid-infrared energy with tapered transmission linesBroadband-infrared assessment of phonon resonance in scattering-type near-field microscopy
- Phase-Resolved Mapping of the Near-Field Vector and Polarization State in Nanoscale Antenna GapsAmplitude- and Phase-Resolved Near-Field Mapping of Infrared Antenna Modes by Transmission-Mode Scattering-Type Near-Field Microscopy
- Nanoscale Free Carrier Profiling on Individual Semiconductor Nanowires by Infrared Near-Field NanoscopyInfrared spectroscopic near-field mapping of single nanotransistors
- Inhomogeneous electronic state near the insulator-to-metal transition in the correlated oxide VO2Nanoscale conductivity contrast by scattering-type near-field optical microscopy in the visible, infrared and THz domains
- Near-field nanoscopy by elastic light scattering from a tip in Nano-Optics and Near-Field Optical MicroscopyControlling the near-field oscillations of loaded plasmonic nanoantennas
- Nanoscale residual stress-field mapping around nanoindents in SiC by IR s-SNOM and confocal Raman microscopyInfrared nanoscopy of strained semiconductors.
- Influence of the tip in near-field imaging of nanoparticle plasmon modes: Weak and strong coupling regimesSubstrate-enhanced infrared near-field spectroscopy
- Focusing of surface phonon polaritonsTerahertz Near-Field Nanoscopy of Mobile Carriers in Single Semiconductor Nanodevices
- A terahertz nanoscopeMott Transition in VO2 Revealed by Infrared Spectroscopy and Nano-Imaging
- Analytical model for quantitative prediction of material contrasts in scattering-type near-field optical microscopyLocal excitation and interference of surface phonon polaritons studied by near-field infrared microscopy
- Material-Specific Infrared Recognition of Single Sub-10 nm Particles by Substrate-Enhanced Scattering-Type Near-Field MicroscopySimultaneous IR Material Recognition and Conductivity Mapping by Nanoscale Near-Field Microscopy
- Pseudoheterodyne detection for background-free near-field spectroscopyNear-Field Microscopy Through a SiC Superlens
- Infrared Imaging of Single Nanoparticles via Strong Field Enhancement in a Scanning NanogapNanoscale Resolved Infrared Probing of Crystal Structure and of Plasmon−Phonon Coupling
- Infrared Spectroscopic Mapping of Single Nanoparticles and Viruses at Nanoscale ResolutionResonant light scattering by near-field induced phonon polaritons
- Nanoscale resolved subsurface imaging by scattering-type near-field optical microscopyNear-field imaging of mid-infrared surface phonon polariton propagation
- Near-field optical microscopy by elastic light scattering from a tipNanomechanical Resonance Tuning and Phase Effects in Optical Near-Field Interaction
- Subwavelength-scale tailoring of surface phonon polaritons by focused ion-beam implantationContrast and scattering efficiency of scattering-type near-field optical probes
- Nanoscale polymer recognition by spectral signature in scattering infrared near-field microscopyPerformance of visible and mid-infrared scattering-type near-field optical microscopes
- Coherent imaging of nanoscale plasmon patterns with a carbon nanotube optical probeMaterial-specific mapping of metal/semiconductor/dielectric nanosystems at 10 nm resolution by backscattering near-field optical microscopy
- Phonon-enhanced light-matter interaction at the nanometre scale.Pure optical contrast in scattering-type scanning near-field microscopy
- Optical oscillation modes of plasmon particles observed in direct space by phase-contrast near-field microscopyComplex optical constants on a subwavelength scale
neaspec’s neaSNOM microscope wins the prestigious iF design award 2016 in the category products. Each year the iF International Forum Design GmbH awards...
Prof. Rainer Hillenbrand, co-founder and scientific advisor of neaspec GmbH talks about the unique advantages of the neaSNOM near-field microscope...
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nano-FTIR from neaspec wins the prestigous Microscopy Today Innovation Award 2013. The prize is awarded yearly for the top international innovations...
neaspec is selected as a top 10 finalist of the “Deutscher Gründerpreis 2013″, Germany’s most prestigious Start-Up award initiated by...
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This year, neaspec wins two(!) CeNS publication awards from the Center of NanoScience in Munich: One for a Nano Letters...
neaspec is selected as a top 20 finalist of the STEP award competition 2012. The STEP Award is a german enterprise...
Two independent research teams have successfully used their infrared near-field microscopes (neaSNOM) for laying down a ghost: visualizing Dirac plasmons...
Nature Communications 3, p.684: Resolving the electromagnetic mechanism of surface-enhanced light scattering at single hot spots
neaspec wins the CeNS Puplication Award 2011 for their publication “Infrared-spectroscopic nanoimaging with a thermal source” in Nature Materials
neaspec is selected as a top 20 finalist of the STEP award competition 2011. The STEP Award is a german...
neaspec is one of the winners of the Munich Business Plan Competition 2011, Munich and Bavaria’s most prestigious business plan...
Researchers at nanoGUNE and neaspec have developed a setup that allows for nanoscale infrared spectroscopy with thermal radiation. Their work was published...
neaspec started a cooperation with the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT). The ILT is working on the project “Nano...