Abstract

The reflection scanning microscope (RSM) combines the characteristics of the local probe microscope and the interferential microscope. The RSM provides a method for producing a scanned point light source that simultaneously scans and collects the light reflected by the sample. For homogeneous samples it gives topographic images in three dimensions. It is possible to obtain supplementary information on inhomogeneous samples by means of a spectroscopic method. This method consists of modulating the distance between the fiber and the sample and of recording the variations of the intensity induced by the modulations. We present results and a first interpretation of this spatial spectroscopy carried out with the RSM on homogeneous and inhomogeneous samples.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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