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Boundary-Induced Auxiliary Features in Scattering-Type Near-Field Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

by Mohannad Mayyas, Jianbo Tang, Mohammad B. Ghasemian, Honghua Yang, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Qingdong Ou, Lu Hua Li, Qiaoliang Bao, and Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh

ACS Nano 2020

In this paper, the authors combined s-SNOM single wavenumber imaging and broadband scattering IR nanospectroscopy to provide new insights into phonon-polaritons (PhPs) in layered crystals of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) on SiO₂/Si wafers. Specifically, using the high-power broadband IR laser source on their nanoIR-3s instrument, the authors were able to quantitatively resolve multiple groups of auxiliary peaks in the near-field amplitude spectra that have not been observed previously. 

By systematically studying over a variety of different boundary conditions, differences between the near-field auxiliary signatures when the hBN layers were supported or suspended were observed and identified. The observed differences are attributed to the interference between the microwell edge and the hBN edge, depending on the distances from the edges. Having such information about these localized boundaries can be useful for engineering and creating nanophotonic heterostructures for advanced sensing applications.