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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1617–1625

Bloch surface waves in ultrathin waveguides: near-field investigation of mode polarization and propagation

Tristan Sfez, Emiliano Descrovi, Libo Yu, Daniele Brunazzo, Marzia Quaglio, Lorenzo Dominici, Wataru Nakagawa, Francesco Michelotti, Fabrizio Giorgis, Olivier J.F. Martin, and Hans Peter Herzig  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 8, pp. 1617-1625 (2010)

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In this work, we use a multi-heterodyne scanning near-field optical microscope to investigate the polarization and propagation of Bloch surface waves in an ultrathin ( λ 10 ) ridge waveguide. First, we show that the structure sustains three surface modes, and demonstrate selective excitation of each. Then, by numerically processing the experimental data, we retrieve the transverse and longitudinal components of each of the modes, in good agreement with the calculated fields. Finally, we provide an experimental estimation of the effective indices and the dispersion relations of the modes.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(230.7380) Optical devices : Waveguides, channeled
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: March 2, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 23, 2010
Published: July 22, 2010

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Tristan Sfez, Emiliano Descrovi, Libo Yu, Daniele Brunazzo, Marzia Quaglio, Lorenzo Dominici, Wataru Nakagawa, Francesco Michelotti, Fabrizio Giorgis, Olivier J. F. Martin, and Hans Peter Herzig, "Bloch surface waves in ultrathin waveguides: near-field investigation of mode polarization and propagation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 1617-1625 (2010)

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