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  • Vol. 31, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 1992
  • pp: 5017–5021

Experimental verification of a virtual-mode treatment for the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons by attenuated total reflection

Manfred Klopfleisch, Martin Golz, and Udo Trutschel  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 24, pp. 5017-5021 (1992)

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Attenuated-total-reflection spectra obtained by the optical excitation of surface plasmon polaritons can be interpreted in terms of two different virtual modes. It is shown that the HWHM of absorptance as a function of the incidence angle can be described by the decay constant of one of the modes. The attenuated-total-reflection resonance angle, on the other hand, is determined by the phase of another virtual mode. An experimental verification of this virtual-mode treatment is carried out for thick aluminum films.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 12, 1990
Published: August 20, 1992

Manfred Klopfleisch, Martin Golz, and Udo Trutschel, "Experimental verification of a virtual-mode treatment for the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons by attenuated total reflection," Appl. Opt. 31, 5017-5021 (1992)

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