London: Macmillan, 1972. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, BOUND, OF “THE FIRST EXPERIMENTAL VALIDATION OF NEAR-FIELD MICROSCOPY” (Wolf, Progress in Optics, 151). Using electromagnetic radiation (microwaves with A = 3cm), E. A. Ash and G. Nicholls describe in detail the first experimental realization of a super-resolution microscope (Wiesendanger, Scanning Probe Microscopy, 268).
Ash and Nicholls “used 3-centimeter microwaves and were able, by near-field techniques, to get resolution of 1/60 of the wavelength lama in test patterns in a beautiful paper in Nature. In fact, the idea for near-field microscopy goes back even further, to E. H. Synge in 1928” (Nobel Prize Committee).
The Irish scientist Edward H. Synge formulated “the idea of employing near-field optics to achieve images beyond the diffraction limit… Synge, encouraged by Albert Einstein, published his ideas and provided a very clear and clever proposal on how to realize such an instrument” but was ultimately unable to realize his idea (Diaspro, Nanoscopy, 18-3). “The first experimental realization of Synge’s proposal came more than 40 years after the initial suggestion. In 1972 [and in this paper], Ash and Nicholls realized such a scheme operating in the microwave region and they reported a resolution of the order of one-sixtieth of the wavelength” (ibid). Item #1143
CONDITION & DETAILS: London: Macmillan and Son. Complete volume. 4to. (11 x 8 inches; 275 x 200mm). In-text illustrations throughout. Ex-libris: minor ghosting at spine from the removal of a spine label; small stamp, etc. on rear pastedown. Tightly bound in red cloth; gilt-lettered at the spine; very slight wear at the edges. Very good condition.