We propose an illumination mode near-field optical microscope operated under an optical feedback for imaging biological specimens in their natural environment. For feedback control, rapidly varying evanescent signal has been generated over the sample surface. It has been found that evanescent signal can be profitably used as a control signal by utilizing its sample feature dependent discrimination sensitivity. Neurons have been successfully observed both in air and in liquid with a resolution well beyond the diffraction limit.
- evanescent feedback
- illumination mode
- nanometric protruding tip
- near-field optical microscope
- sample feature dependent discrimination sensitivity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics