Near-field optics studies the behaviour of light fields in the vicinity of matter, where light is structured in propagating and evanescent fields. Near-field optical microscopy is the straightforward application of near-field optics.This textbook provides an overview for undergraduates and anyone who has an interest in peculiar optical phenomena, and serves as a technical manual for engineers and researchers. It consists of 12 chapters dealing with the history of near-field optics, non-radiating optics, optical noise, inverse problems, theory, instrumentation and applications; there is an appendix including the basic elements of Fourier optics and Maxwell equations.
Daniel Courjon is Director of Research at CNRS. Parallel to his research activity, he is also Director of the Institute of Microphone-techniques of Franche-Comte (IMFC), Director of Optical GDR and Deputy Manager of the GDR "Waves" of department STIC of CNRS.
History of Near-field Optics; Non-radiating Sources and Non-propagating Fields; Evanescent Optics; Theories and Modellings; Inverse Problem and Apparatus Function; Criteria of Quality, Noise and Artifacts; Nano-collectors and Nano-emitters; Instrumentation; Main Near-field Microscope Configurations; Near-field Image Processing; Applications of Near-field Microscopy; Appendix A: Basis of Optics.