The strongly enhanced and confined subwavelength optical fields near plasmonic nanoantennas have been extensively studied not only for the fundamental understanding of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale but also for their emerging practical application in enhanced second harmonic generation, improved inelastic electron tunneling, harvesting solar energy, and photocatalysis. However, owing to the deep subwavelength nature of plasmonic field confinement, conventional optical imaging techniques are incapable of characterizing the optical performance of these plasmonic nanoantennas. Here, we demonstrate super-resolution imaging of ∼20 nm optical field confinement by monitoring randomly moving dye molecules near plasmonic nanoantennas. This Brownian optical microscopy is especially suitable for plasmonic field characterization because of its capabilities for polarization sensitive wide-field super-resolution imaging.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)