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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2009
  • pp: 301–307

Beam steering from resonant subwavelength slits filled with a nonlinear material

Maria A. Vincenti, Antonella D’Orazio, Milan Buncick, Neset Akozbek, Mark J. Bloemer, and Michael Scalora  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 301-307 (2009)

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We demonstrate the possibility to efficiently deflect a light beam by varying the refractive index inside resonant contiguous subwavelength slits carved on an opaque metallic substrate in the enhanced transmission regime. The enhanced transmission process combines with the phase mismatch of the surface waves propagating along the metal surface and field localization phenomena to allow controlled transmittance and beam deflection.

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OCIS Codes
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.3695) Optics at surfaces : Linear and nonlinear light scattering from surfaces
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: September 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 18, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 17, 2008
Published: January 27, 2009

Maria A. Vincenti, Antonella D'Orazio, Milan Buncick, Neset Akozbek, Mark J. Bloemer, and Michael Scalora, "Beam steering from resonant subwavelength slits filled with a nonlinear material," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 301-307 (2009)

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