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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 869–876

Scattering of a light wave by a thin fiber on or near a prism: experiment and analytical theory

Fumiaki Tajima and Yoshio Nishiyama  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 869-876 (2012)

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We have performed an experiment of the scattering of the near field on a prism created by a laser wave, evanescent wave (EW), or plane wave (PW) of an incident angle slightly larger than or smaller than the critical angle, by a thin fiber of subwavelength diameter set above the prism, and we made an analytical theory of an adapted model for the experiment. We have been able to analyze the experimental data exactly by the model theory better than any other theory we have ever known. The importance of the multiple interaction of the wave between the fiber and the surface and also the close similarity of the scattering characteristics between the EW and the PW mentioned above have been acknowledged by the analysis of the data obtained.

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OCIS Codes
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: November 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 11, 2012
Published: May 11, 2012

Fumiaki Tajima and Yoshio Nishiyama, "Scattering of a light wave by a thin fiber on or near a prism: experiment and analytical theory," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 869-876 (2012)

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