OSA's Digital Library

Journal of Optical Technology

Journal of Optical Technology


  • Vol. 79, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2012
  • pp: 758–762

Spectral resonant properties of reflected light for metal dielectric subwavelength gratings in visible regions

Yongli Chen, Wenxia Liu, and Shengyan Cai  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Technology, Vol. 79, Issue 12, pp. 758-762 (2012)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (442 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



A metal-dielectric grating consists of alternating metal and dielectric materials with period less than single wavelength of visible radiations. Optical behaviors of reflection spectra of this grating for s-polarized and p-polarized incident white light are studied systematically. For reflected light, it is the p-polarized light rather than s-polarization shows unusual optical behaviors with characteristics of single-peak spectra, higher peak efficiencies of higher than 75% and lower off-resonant efficiencies. The spectral width of p-polarized light with desirable frequency-selective functions is much wider. There exist two resonant areas for p-polarizations extending toward each other as filling factors increase, and positions of the resonances are mainly determined by grating periods existing linear relationships between them. For making positions of resonances occur in visible wavelengths, filling factors and grating periods should be respectively designed between 0.5 and 0.6 and between 0.25 and 0.45 µm. The newly observed properties of p-polarized lights can be used to exploit novel devices for reflection applications in the fields of optical securities and color filters.

© 2012 OSA

Original Manuscript: March 29, 2012
Published: December 31, 2012

Yongli Chen, Wenxia Liu, and Shengyan Cai, "Spectral resonant properties of reflected light for metal dielectric subwavelength gratings in visible regions," J. Opt. Technol. 79, 758-762 (2012)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. W. L. Barnes, A. Dereux, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Surface plasmon subwavelength optics,” Nature 424, 824 (2003). [CrossRef]
  2. N. P. Sergeant, M. Agrawal, and P. Peumans, “High performance solar-selective absorbers using coated sub-wavelength gratings,” Opt. Express 18, 5525 (2010). [CrossRef]
  3. J. E. Foulkes and R. J. Blaikie, “Influence of polarization on absorbance modulated subwavelength grating structures,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 27, 2941 (2009). [CrossRef]
  4. G. M. Raquel, L. Marine, and J. S. Juan, “Extraordinary optical reflection from sub-wavelength cylinder arrays,” Opt. Express 14, 3730 (2006). [CrossRef]
  5. W. R. Tompkin, A. Schilling, and R. Staub, “Color-shifting features for optically variable devices,” Proc. SPIE 5310, 244 (2004). [CrossRef]
  6. W. R. Tompkin, A. Schilling, and H. P. Herzig, “Zero-order gratings for optically variable devices,” Proc. SPIE 4677, 227 (2002). [CrossRef]
  7. R. Magnusson, M. Shokooh-Saremi, and E. G. Johnson, “Guided-mode resonant wave plates,” Opt. Lett. 35, 2472 (2010). [CrossRef]
  8. W. Zhang, A. K. Azad, J. Han, J. Xu, J. Chen, and X.-C. Zhang, “Direct observation of a transition of a surface plasmon resonance from a photonic crystal effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 183901 (2007). [CrossRef]
  9. M. R. Gadsdon, I. R. Hooper, A. P. Hibbins, and J. R. Sambles, “Surface plasmon polaritons on deep, narrow-ridged rectangular gratings,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 1228 (2009). [CrossRef]
  10. H. Andersson, B. Kågedal, and C. F. Mandenius, “Monitoring of troponin release from cardiomyocytes during exposure to toxic substances using surface plasmon resonance biosensing,” Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 398, 1395 (2010). [CrossRef]
  11. J. Andkjr, S. Nishiwaki, T. Nomura, and O. Sigmund, “Topology optimization of grating couplers for the efficient excitation of surface plasmons,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 1828 (2010). [CrossRef]
  12. I. Chremmos, “Magnetic field integral equation analysis of interaction between a surface plasmon polariton and a circular dielectric cavity embedded in the metal,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 2623 (2009). [CrossRef]
  13. E. D. Palik, ed., Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids (Academic, Orlando, Fla., 1985).
  14. K. H. Brenner, “Aspects for calculating local absorption with the rigorous coupled-wave method,” Opt. Express 18, 10369 (2010). [CrossRef]
  15. D. Yang, H. H. Lu, B. Chen, and C. W. Lin, “Surface plasmon resonance of SnO2/Au Bi-layer films for gas sensing applications,” Sens. Actuators B 145, 832 (2010). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited