The diffraction of light that emerges from a metallic circular aperture is studied. Near- and far-field results are presented. Spectral angular transmitted intensities are performed versus the incident wavelength for four kinds of aperture. It is shown that, for a definite configuration, a large enhancement of transmission—compared with the basic case of a single hole—occurs combined with a spectacular angular confinement of light. Such effects are, for example, of great interest in optical near-field microscopy for which the probe is a nanosource.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 20, 2003
Revised Manuscript: August 29, 2003
Published: December 1, 2003
Fadi Issam Baida, Daniel Van Labeke, and Brahim Guizal, "Enhanced confined light transmission by single subwavelength apertures in metallic films," Appl. Opt. 42, 6811-6815 (2003)