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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 2 — Jan. 23, 2006
  • pp: 832–846

Creation of strongly localized and strongly enhanced optical near-field on metallic probe-tip with surface plasmon polaritons

Kazuo Tanaka, Masahiro Tanaka, and Tatsuhiko Sugiyama  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 832-846 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.14.000832


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Abstract

A practical technique by which a strongly confined and strongly enhanced optical near-field can be created on a metallic probe-tip is investigated. The technique uses an I-shaped aperture in a pyramidal structure formed on a thick metallic screen. The pyramidal structure divided into two sections by the I-shaped aperture and one of them is used as a tapered metallic probe. A surface plasmon polariton (SPP), which is excited and enhanced in the I-shaped aperture, propagates along the side surface of the aperture and pyramidal structure and illuminate the probe-tip. Scattering of optical waves by this structure is solved numerically using a volume integral equation by a generalized minimum residual method and fast Fourier transformation. It is shown that a strongly localized and strongly enhanced optical field is created at the tip of this metallic probe by SPPs. The fundamental characteristics of the localized and enhanced optical near-field on the probe-tip are investigated.

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OCIS Codes
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

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Vol. 1, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Kazuo Tanaka, Masahiro Tanaka, and Tatsuhiko Sugiyama, "Creation of strongly localized and strongly enhanced optical near-field on metallic probe-tip with surface plasmon polaritons," Opt. Express 14, 832-846 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-2-832


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