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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1778–1781

Numerical design and scattering losses of a one-dimensional metallo–dielectric multilayer with broadband coupling of propagating waves to plasmon modes in the visible range

Emily Ray and Rene Lopez  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 7, pp. 1778-1781 (2011)

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We report on the design, fabrication, and optical characterization of a one-dimensional (1D) metallo–dielectric metamaterial tuned to enhance evanescent wave transmission with k x 4 k 0 . Taking reflection and transmission measurements from a 1D subwavelength diffraction grating placed on the metamaterial, we show broadband- propagating wave to surface plasmon coupling in the visible. However, the fabricated device falls short of the design expectations based on coupled-wave numerical simulations. The dips in the reflection spectrum associated with surface plasmon coupling are 40% smaller than predicted, and the transmission exhibits strong depolarization. Overall, the numerical results support that intrinsic metallic losses do not preclude the development of these devices in the visible, but there are considerable plasmon scattering losses from the metamaterial’s imperfections. This extrinsic limiting factor needs to be overcome to develop metallo–dielectric metamaterials for practical components for use in superlenses.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(310.4165) Thin films : Multilayer design
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: April 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 19, 2011
Published: June 30, 2011

Emily Ray and Rene Lopez, "Numerical design and scattering losses of a one-dimensional metallo–dielectric multilayer with broadband coupling of propagating waves to plasmon modes in the visible range," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 1778-1781 (2011)

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