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August 2014 Newsletter


August 2014 - In This Issue:
Nanonics Customer Workshop
Nanonics at NFO13
MRI-NSF: New round of application grants
Plenary lecture by Prof. Capasso
Did you miss our customer workshop? 
Hear the talks now!

A research symposium was held on July 21st showcasing Nanonics expert customers on the most challenging problems in the near-field. Addressing a full-capacity crowd, the symposium attracted participants from top universities including MIT, Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, University of Massachussetts, McGill University and University of Toronto.  


The plenary talk was given by Professor Federico Capasso of Harvard University on guiding surface plasmon polaritons (SPP).  Several other exciting talks were given throughout the day.  Prof. Nicholas Fang spoke on unique methods of plasmon excitation, and researchers from the group of Prof. Mike Naughton, who hosted the symposium, presented important results on optical coaxial focusing.  


Prof. Nancy Haegel, Materials Science Center Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, presented her pioneering work in using a Nanonics AFM/NSOM integrated into an SEM for monitoring electron beam excited cathodo-luminescence at 10 times the standard resolution.  


The ultra-sensitivity of tuning fork feedbacks for force measurements was presented by Prof. Kit Umbach of Cornell University.   Prof. Ferat Sahin from RIT discussed new exciting directions in nano-indentation without the drawbacks of standard AFM-based nanoindentation.  Finally Dr. Antonio Ambrosio from Harvard University discussed exciting NSOM investigations of plasmonic propagation. Many of these talks and are now available on the  Nanonics Youtube Channel.


The next day featured a Multiprobe School offering parallel sessions of demonstrations with a Multiview 4000 system on NSOM and nanolithography measurements with experienced Nanonics application scientist Dr. Hesham Taha.  


Dr. Hesham Taha giving a demo
Workshop poster session
Nanonics at Near Field Optics Conference, NFO13 
Nanonics scientists will be at NFO13 to share the latest  near field innovations. Come meet us at Booth #2 and hear our exciting presentations:
1. ORAL "Shining light on the challenges in near field optics"; Ballroom #1, Wednesday Sep. 3rd 13:45-14:08
2.  POSTER  "Multiprobe NSOM Fluorescence"; poster session #2, Wednesday, September 3rd 18:00-20:30
More information on the conference can be found here.
US Customers - MRI-NSF announces new round of application grants
Major Research Instrumentation (MRI-NSF) has announced a new round of grants for instrument acquisition or development proposals in the range $100,000-$4 million.
Nanonics has provided customers with letter of support, quotes and collaboration for successful MRI grants in the past. Please contact us at if you are considering submitting a proposal for atomic force/scanning probe microscopy, near field scanning optical microscopy, low-temperature SPM, AFM-Raman, or any of the products we develop.
More information on these grants can be found on the NSF website.

Relevant deadlines:

Research Office Letter of Intent Deadline:  September 29, 2014

Agency Deadline: January 22, 2015

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Nanonics at ICORS

Nanonics Imaging, the leaders in AFM-Raman-TERS integration and innovation will be exhibiting and speaking at the 2014 International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS)meeting August 10-15, 2014 in Jena.  


Nanonics is presenting exciting talks describing our recent advances with our Multiview system:
  • Conducting simultaneous Raman with advanced SPM measurements on-line 
  • Integrating MultiProbe electrical measurements with on-line Raman.  
Come visit us in booth H5.2 to discuss your Raman interests and needs with our experts!


See below for presentations: 

ORAL:  PiezoForce and Contact Resonance Microscopy Correlated with Raman Spectroscopy applied to a Non-linear Optical Material and to a Lithium Battery Material
Monday, August 10th, 5:25pm; Lecture Hall 7
Session MoP -O-010:  Advanced Raman Instrumentation
POSTER:  Multiprobe AFM Electrical Characterization and Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Graphene
Thursday, August 14th, 4:00-6:00pm; Lecture Hall HS 5
Session ThP-HS5-4: Tip-Enhanced and Near-Field Raman 
BOOTH:  Nanonics exhibiting in booth H5.2


Nanonics held its first NanoPhotonics workshop July 21-22 at Boston College. The workshop was a tremendous success with an outstanding group of lectures by our expert customers, which are now posted on the Nanonics Youtube Channel.

See plenary lecture by Prof. Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard on "Control of surface plasmons propagation and nanophotonics applications"

More lectures include:

Prof Nicholas Fang, Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT
Prof. Ferat Sahin, Electrical Engineering Department at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 
Dr. Juan Merlo, Physics Department at Boston College 
Prof. Aaron Lewis, Eric Samson Professor of Applied Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Prof. Nancy Haegel, NREL
Prof. Kit Umbach, Cornell





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Overview of Nanonics systems

Overview of our systems, translated into different languages

Nanonics application scientist Dr. Yirmi Bernstein participated in a seminar and course on "Raman and Infrared Spectroscopy" organized at Aalborg University (Denmark) in May 2014, attended by approximately 35 Ph.D. students.  Dr. Bernstein taught for two days on the topics of 1)AFM, NSOM, and TERS and 2) integration of optical techniques with SPM and multiprobe solutions using NSOM, electrical, nanolithography, SECM, and integration with SEM.  Dr. Bernstein was joined by lecturers from other institutions including Umea University (Sweden), Copenhagen University (Denmark), Aalborg University (Denmark), K-analys AB (Sweden) and Renishaw.  Parts of Dr. Bernstein's talks were taped and are now posted on the Nanonics YouTube Channel.  See a talk on Introduction to AFM and Feedback Technology:

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Overview of AFM technology and feedback


A brief youtube video explaining AFM  and different feedback technologies:


Surface plasmons excitation with STM probe and collection with apertured & apertureless NSOM photon tunneling probes

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NanoPhotonics/MultiProbe Workshop

July 21-22, 2014, Boston MA


Nanonics is pleased to announce the first Near-field NanoPhotonics workshop with an associated Multiprobe School. NSOM and MultiProbe NSOM have emerged as the premier tools in Photonics and Plasmonics characterization whether in silicon photonics, photonic band gap materials or plasmonic nanofocusing

Nanonics users, who have been at the forefront of this rapidly growing field, will be featured and will present how they are using the near-field in defining new horizons in photonic nanocharacterization. The workshop will be followed by a hands on Near-field Multiprobe School.  

New! Monday July 21 Technical Program

All lectures will take place in Higgins Hall, room 235. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all workshop participants in the Higgins atrium.

8:30-9:00            Registration and breakfast      

9:00-9:15            Welcome by Prof. Aaron Lewis

9:15-10:00          Plenary lecture - Prof. Federico Capasso, Harvard, “Control of surface plasmons propagation and nanophotonics applications”

10:00 – 10:30     Dr. Juan Merlo, Boston College, “Coaxial plasmonic cavities studied by near-field scanning optical microscopy”

10:30-10:45       Break

10:45-11:30       Prof. Mike Barnes, UMass, “Near-field optical and electronic spectroscopy of crystalline organic nanowires” 

11:30-12:00       Prof. Kit Umbach, Cornell, “Comparing mechanical moduli determined by indentation and compression technique”

12:00 – 1:00      Lunch

1:00-1:45           Dr. Nancy Haegel, NREL, “Integrating near-field and electron optics: Dual vision for the nanoworld”

1:45-2:15           Prof. Ferat Sahin, RIT, “A novel approach to nanoindentation using Multiprobe AFM system”

 2:15-2:30          Break

 2:30-3:15          Prof. Nicholas Fang, MIT, “Quest for an optical circuit probe”

3:15-3:45           Dr. Antonio Ambrosio, Harvard, “Structuring surface waves by means of straight and V-shaped aperturing antennas

3:45-4:30           Prof. Aaron Lewis “Addressing the inverse problem of optical imaging”

4:15 – 5:30        Poster Session and Reception


Tuesday July 22 will feature the Multiprobe School with feature hands-on instruction dedicated to explaining and exploring the revolutionary multiprobe technology as applied to Near-field NanoPhotonics.  The purpose of this Multiprobe school is to educate users about the basics of multiprobe technology and to show multiprobe in action in several application areas!

The day will be divided into morning lectures and afternoon demo sessions. Attendees can sign up for a maximum of two demo sessions, where application scientists will be conducting specific multiprobe experiments.

9:30-11:30  Introduction to Multiprobe Technology

11:30-1:00  Lunch

1:00-3:00    Session 1: near field excitation/collection.  Available slots are 1:00-2:00 and 2:00-3:00

3:00-5:00   Session 2: nanolithography multiprobe.  Available slots are 3:00-4:00 and 4:00-5:00

Venue:  Boston College (Chestnut Hill campus) Higgins Hall, Room 235.  Map of Boston College can be found here

New! Parking:  For those participants driving in, the Commonwealth Avenue Garage is conveniently located close to Higgins Hall and can be found here.  There is a walkway from the fifth floor of the Commonwealth Ave. garage to Higgins Hall.

Poster Session:  We invite participants to submit a title and abstract for a poster session that will be hold on July 21st.  Please submit your poster information to no later than July 1st, 2014.

International participants:  Participants can request an invitation letter from Judy ( should they require it.

Registration fee for this workshop is $100 for students and postdocs, $200 for faculty and industry participants by July 1st.  After July 1st, registration is $125 for students and postdocs and $225 for faculty and industry.    Credit card payments are accepted.

Space is limited and early registration is advised.  Registration form attached here.  Please fill out and to to register and if you have further questions.



We have reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Brookline  (2 miles from BC) for a group rate of $179.   Please call the hotel directly at :  (617) 734-1393  to make a reservation and mention "NanoPhotonics workshop" to get this group rate.                        

Courtyard by Marriott Brookline

40 Webster Street, Coolidge Corner

 Brookline, MA 02446


 Other hotels are conveniently located to the Boston College campus and are listed below:

Holiday Inn Brookline (2 miles from BC)

 1200 Beacon Street

 Brookline, MA 02446

 Phone: 1-877-410-6681


Best Western University Hotel (1.5 miles from BC)

 1650 Commonwealth Ave

 Boston, MA

 Phone: 617-566-6260



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April 2014 Newsletter


April 2014 - In This Issue:
NanoPhotonics Workshop in Boston in July
Focus on Probes: Nano ToolKit
User News: NSOM tips
Meet Nanonics team member: Dr. Danielle Honigstein
Near-field NanoPhotonics Workshop in Boston
July 21-22, 2014

Nanonics is pleased to announce the first Near-Field NanoPhotonics Workshop and a Multiprobe School. NSOM and MultiProbe NSOM have emerged as the premier tools in Photonics and Plasmonics characterization whether in silicon photonics, photonic band gap materials or plasmonic nanofocusing.  


We are proud to announce that Professor Federico Capasso of Harvard University will be a plenary speaker at this event.


This symposium is hosted by the laboratory of Professor Michael Naughton of Boston College's Physics Department and will focus on fundamental and applied developments in near-field optics as a confluence of imaging with super-resolution the amplitude and phase of the electromagnetic field correlated with 3D structure.  Nanonics users, who have been at the forefront of this rapidly growing field, will be featured and will present how they are using the near-field in defining new horizons in photonic nanocharacterization. The symposium will be followed by a hands-on near-field Multiprobe School.  


Monday July 21 will feature invited and contributed presentations as well as a poster session for students.


The Multiprobe School will convene on Tuesday, July 22 and will feature hands-on instruction dedicated to explaining and exploring the revolutionary multiprobe technology as applied to near-field NanoPhotonics.  All events will take place on the campus of Boston College.


Space is limited and early registration is advised.  Please check the symposium website ( or contact for details.



Focus on probes:  NANONICS Nano Toolkit



Nanonics offers a nano-tool kit of glass based probes that enhances the functionality of the MultiView instrumentation series. Specially tailored for Nanonics instruments, these glass-based probes are fabricated and tested in-house and take advantage of over a decade's experience in manufacturing probes for sophisticated measurements.  Integrated into Nanonics MultiProbe systems, these probes provide a NanoWorkstation for sample characterization.


All Nanonics probes are:

  • optically friendly
  • work in both tuning fork and beam bounce feedback
  • multiprobe friendly
  • deep trench and other customizable geometries

Below we highlight some of Nanonics' unique SPM probes:


NSOM probes.  Apertured optical fiber probes for delivering and mapping light on the nanoscale.

The cantilevered, extended design provides a clear separation of the excitation and collection paths (see image on right) for true reflection NSOM imaging, while the waveguide characteristics makes for ideal collection mode NSOM.  With a Nanonics MultiProbe system, one probe can be used for excitation and the other for collection for a true near-field experiment.  

TERS probes.  Extended and transparent cantilever design allows for all modes of TERS operation:  reflection, transmission, and side illumination.  The TERS probe (see image below) is a high dielectric constant gold nanoparticle probe with a defined plasmon resonance, coming in a variety of diameters and is embedded at the end of a glass cantilevered probe. This design enables reliable operation on all substrates including non-conducting surfaces with no Raman background.

Raman probes. Transparent AFM probes from fused silica with no Raman background enable true reflection Raman without obscuring the optical path.  Allows for easy and accurate positioning.  These non-interfereing cantilevers are high and out of the optical focus of the tip.

Cantilevered glass micro electrodes with a sealed nano-wire ideal for for electrical, ion/electrochemistry and capacitance measurements.  The wire is completely sealed except at the apex critical for SECM and ion current measurements while the cantilevered design allows simultaneous topography to be measured.   True coaxial probes are available as well.
TERS probe
Thermal and Thermal conductivity probes.

Cantilevered Au/Pt microthermocouples for on-line thermal imaging. High sensitivity probes allowing for thermal, thermal conductivity and resistivity measurements.  

Nanolithography Probes.  Gas and chemical delivery NanoFountainTM Probes allow for writing a wide variety of materials on a large variety of surfaces.  The cantilevered glass pipettes have a reservoir for over a week of writing. 

Lensed fibers.  Specially designed lensed optical fibers couple light in or out of small devices such as microwaveguides, microlasers, microdetectors etc.  These fibers can be accurately designed by application need.   Coupled into the Nanonics Optometronic workstation, these fibers makes for the ideal photonics workstation.  



More details on all of our probes can find on our website or contact


USER NEWS - NSOM tips as sources for azimuthally polarized light


German researchers report, for the first time, generation of azimuthually (z) polarized light from an NSOM fiber tip using Nanonics NSOM tips and a Nanonics Multiview 4000 system (see paper here) using both experiments and simulations. The ability of NSOM probes to generate z-polarized light has important applications in both near-field excitation and illumination protocols in nanophotonics and plasmonics. The generation of azimuthal polarization in the metal-coated fiber tip is attributed to Nanonics patented geometry of bent and tapered probe, symmetry breaking in the probe's bend and the tip's cone which acts as a plasmonic mode filter for selectively transmitting azimuthal and linear polarizationNanonics NSOM probes allow for significant customization, and so the researchersfurther improved the efficiency of the polarization modes by controlled FIB processing of NSOM tip apexes.

This study took advantage of the unique and flexible design of Nanonics probes to  provide important insights into understanding the true output of NSOM probes that will enable further understanding and manipulation of near-field effects.



SEM of NSOM tip (a). Colorized SEM of stepwise FIB cut-back to increase diameter (b) and polished tip apex (c)
Meet the Nanonics team!
This month we profile Dr. Danielle Honigstein.
Current position at Nanonics: Head of the software department.  In this role Danielle develops new software, continually upgrading the capabilities and features of Nanonics systems software.  She enjoys interacting with customers to learn about their needs and implementing them into the software.
Academic Background:  Danielle holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and a B.A. in Computer Science, all from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Family:  Danielle is married and has 3 children: 2 sons age 7 and 5 and a 1.5 year old daughter  
Hobbies:  fantasy books, singing, cooking
Fun Fact:  Danielle was born in Bangkok Thailand while her father was serving in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  
Where are you presenting your research?
Please let us know where you are presenting and publishing your research and we will be happy to share the news!


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