Chinese Optics Letters, Vol. 5, Issue 10, 594 (2007)
Electroless silver plating for metallization of near-field optical fiber probes
Chang'an Li1,2,*, Lina Xu1,2, and Ning Gu2
- 1Hefei Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hefei 230061
- 2National Laboratory of Molecular and Biomolecular Electronics, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096
By using mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTS) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), electroless silver plating is developed for the metallization of near-field optical fiber probes. This method has the advantages of controllability, no pinholes, convenience, low cost, and smooth tip surface. The metallized probes are characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS).