We report an experimental result that shows the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons by use of a zeroth-order Bessel beam. From the viewpoint of energy efficiency, the zeroth order Bessel beam is ideal for the local excitation of surface plasmon polaritons on a metal film. We introduce an optical setup using an axicon element in order to carry out the excitation.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 9, 2003
Revised Manuscript: January 7, 2004
Published: April 20, 2004
Hiroshi Kano, Dai Nomura, and Haruki Shibuya, "Excitation of surface-plasmon polaritons by use of a zeroth-order Bessel beam," Appl. Opt. 43, 2409-2411 (2004)