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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 17 — Aug. 18, 2008
  • pp: 12559–12570

Optical chirality without optical activity: How surface plasmons give a twist to light

Aurélien Drezet, Cyriaque Genet, Jean-Yves Laluet, and Thomas W. Ebbesen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 17, pp. 12559-12570 (2008)

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Light interacts differently with left and right handed three dimensional chiral objects, like helices, and this leads to the phenomenon known as optical activity. Here, by applying a polarization tomography, we show experimentally, for the first time in the visible domain, that chirality has a different optical manifestation for twisted planar nanostructured metallic objects acting as isolated chiral metaobjects. Our analysis demonstrate how surface plasmons, which are lossy bidimensional electromagnetic waves propagating on top of the structure, can delocalize light information in the just precise way for giving rise to this subtle effect.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures
(240.5440) Optics at surfaces : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: June 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 16, 2008
Published: August 5, 2008

Aurelien Drezet, Cyriaque Genet, Jean-Yves Laluet, and Thomas W. Ebbesen, "Optical chirality without optical activity: How surface plasmons give a twist to light," Opt. Express 16, 12559-12570 (2008)

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