, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 279-282

Development of Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscope Working under Cryogenic Temperature and Strong Magnetic Field

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We report on the development of a cantilever-based scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) working in an extreme environment, at cryogenic temperature around 10 K and under strong magnetic field up to 7 T. We designed a new optical system based on an infinite conjugate microscope, which extracts the near-field signal from a small aperture through a narrow chamber into free space as collimated light. Using this system, we successfully measured near-field and topographical images of a metal-hole sample simultaneously. Combining the local optical accessing technique with the external control of the electronic state, this SNOM system will be a powerful tool to study optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures.