S. Mastel, A. A. Govyadinov, T. V. A. G. de Oliveira, I. Amenabar, R. Hillenbrand
Applied Physics Letters 106, 023113 (2015)
We establish a solid basis for the interpretation of infrared near-field spectra of thin organic films on highly reflective substrates and provide guidelines for their straightforward comparison to standard far-field Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra. Particularly, we study the spectral behavior of near-field absorption and near-field phase, both quantities signifying the presence of a molecular resonance. We demonstrate that the near-field phase spectra only weakly depend on the film thickness and can be used for an approximate comparison with grazing incidence FTIR (GI-FTIR) spectra. In contrast, the near-field absorption spectra can be compared more precisely with far-field spectra: for ultrathin films they match well GI-FTIR spectra, while for thick films a good agreement with standard transmission FTIR spectra is found. Our results are based on experimental data obtained by nanoscale FTIR (nano-FTIR) spectroscopy and supported by a comprehensive theoretical analysis.