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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 3 — Feb. 5, 2007
  • pp: 1182–1190

Interference of surface waves in a metallic nanoslit

Bora Ung and Yunlong Sheng  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 1182-1190 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.001182


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Abstract

We investigate the interference of the surface plasmon polariton (SPP) with an incident beam on a metallic slit using the FDTD. We find that the bulk waves radiated at the slit edge by scattering of the SPP leak into the slit and induce accumulated charges within the skin depth, which excite new SPPs on the slit side-walls. The SPP on the top surface of aperture is coupled into the slit and induces the 2D asymmetric field distributions, including the horizontal and vertical Fabry-Perot multi-reflection resonator modes. We show that the addition of these modes with the slit waveguide modes induced by a normally incident beam is the interference between the SPP and the incident beam, which enhances or suppresses the slit transmission, depending on their relative phase.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: November 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 22, 2007
Published: February 5, 2007

Citation
Bora Ung and Yunlong Sheng, "Interference of surface waves in a metallic nanoslit," Opt. Express 15, 1182-1190 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-3-1182


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