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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 5 — Mar. 3, 2008
  • pp: 3420–3429

Coupling efficiency of light to surface plasmon polariton for single subwavelength holes in a gold film

Anne-Laure Baudrion, Fernando de León-Pérez, Oussama Mahboub, Andreas Hohenau, Harald Ditlbacher, Francisco J. García-Vidal, José Dintinger, Thomas W. Ebbesen, Luis Martín-Moreno, and Joachim R. Krenn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 5, pp. 3420-3429 (2008)

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The excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) by focusing a laser beam on single subwavelength holes opened in a thin gold film is studied both experimentally and theoretically. By means of leakage radiation microscopy, quantitative measurements of the light-SPP coupling efficiency are performed for holes with different sizes and shapes. The system is studied theoretically by using a modal expansion method to calculate the fraction of the incident energy which is scattered by the hole into a surface plasmon. We demonstrate that a single subwavelength hole can be used to generate SPP with an efficiency up to 28%.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: December 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 6, 2008
Published: February 28, 2008

Anne-Laure Baudrion, Fernando de Leon-Perez, Oussama Mahboub, Andreas Hohenau, Harald Ditlbacher, Francisco J. Garcia-Vidal, José Dintinger, Thomas W. Ebbesen, Luis Martin-Moreno, and Joachim R. Krenn, "Coupling efficiency of light to surface plasmon polariton for single subwavelength holes in a gold film," Opt. Express 16, 3420-3429 (2008)

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