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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 16 — Aug. 9, 2004
  • pp: 3686–3693

Fluorescence transmission through 1-D and 2-D periodic metal films

Y. Liu and S. Blair  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 16, pp. 3686-3693 (2004)

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We study the transmission of fluorescence through periodically modulated metal films. In one-dimensional corrugated films, transmission is mediated by coherent scattering of surface plasmons directly excited by fluorophores on the surface. This scattering is shown to be a two-dimensional problem in that diffraction orders along both axes are obtained with well-defined states of polarization. In films consisting of two-dimensional arrays of sub-wavelength apertures, an additional mechanism exists in the direct transmission of fluorescence through the apertures, which is the dominant mechanism of transmission as shown by measurement of the radiation pattern from these structures.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Extraordinary light transmission through sub-wavelength structured surfaces

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2004
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2004
Published: August 9, 2004

Y. Liu and Steve Blair, "Fluorescence transmission through 1-D and 2-D periodic metal films," Opt. Express 12, 3686-3693 (2004)

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