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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 21 — Oct. 17, 2007
  • pp: 13757–13767

Bouncing surface plasmons

N. V. Kuzmin, P. F. A. Alkemade, G. W. ’t Hooft, and E. R. Eliel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 21, pp. 13757-13767 (2007)

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Employing an interferometric cavity ring-down technique we study the launching, propagation and reflection of surface plasmons on a smooth gold-air interface that is intersected by two parallel, sub-wavelength wide slits. Inside the low-finesse optical cavity defined by these slits the surface plasmon is observed to make multiple bounces. Our experimental data allow us to determine the surface-plasmon group velocity (vgroup = 2.7 ± 0.3 × 10-8 m/s at λ = 770 nm) and the reflection coefficient (R ≈ 0.04) of each of our slits for an incident surface plasmon. Moreover, we find that the phase jump upon reflection off a slit is equal to the scattering phase acquired when light is converted into a plasmon at one slit and back-converted to light at the other slit. This allows us to explain fine details in the transmission spectrum of our double slits.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 25, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2007
Published: October 4, 2007

Ni. V. Kuzmin, P. F. Alkemade, G. W. 't Hooft, and E. r. Eliel, "Bouncing surface plasmons," Opt. Express 15, 13757-13767 (2007)

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