Chapter 3. Near-Field Interaction and Microscopy

  1. Paras N. Prasad

Published Online: 26 AUG 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0471670251.ch3



How to Cite

Prasad, P. N. (2004) Near-Field Interaction and Microscopy, in Nanophotonics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471670251.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 AUG 2004
  2. Published Print: 17 MAR 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471649885

Online ISBN: 9780471670254



  • near-field interaction;
  • microscopy;
  • near-field optics;
  • theoretical modeling;
  • near-field studies;
  • apertureless near-field spectroscopy;
  • optical interactions;
  • nanoscale enhancement


Chapter 3 defines near-field interactions and describes near-field microscopy. A brief theoretical description of near-field interactions and the various experimental geometries used to effect them are introduced. The theoretical section may be skipped by those more experimentally oriented. Various optical and higher-order nonlinear optical interactions in nanoscopic domains are described. Applications to the highly active field of single molecule spectroscopy is described.