We report on an attempt to use the enhancement effect of surface-plasmon resonance to improve the image quality of a waveguide hologram. With a structure consisting of a waveguide medium sandwiched between a metal film and a hologram, we obtained holographic images reconstructed by surface-plasmon-coupled waveguide modes. Comparison of the holographic images reconstructed by TM and TE modes indicates that the surface-plasmon effect is responsible for better image quality in diffraction efficiency and image contrast.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 22, 2000
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 2001
Published: August 1, 2001
Guo Ping Wang, Tadao Sugiura, and Satoshi Kawata, "Holography with surface-plasmon-coupled waveguide modes," Appl. Opt. 40, 3649-3653 (2001)