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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Sep. 26, 2011
  • pp: 19572–19581

Nondiffracting Bessel plasmons

Carlos J. Zapata-Rodríguez, Slobodan Vuković, Milivoj R. Belić, David Pastor, and Juan J. Miret  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 19572-19581 (2011)

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We report on the existence of nondiffracting Bessel surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), advancing at either superluminal or subluminal phase velocities. These wave fields feature deep subwavelength FWHM, but are supported by high-order homogeneous SPPs of a metal/dielectric (MD) superlattice. The beam axis can be relocated to any MD interface, by interfering multiple converging SPPs with controlled phase matching. Dissipative effects in metals lead to a diffraction-free regime that is limited by the energy attenuation length. However, the ultra-localization of the diffracted wave field might still be maintained by more than one order of magnitude.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 2, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 2, 2011
Published: September 22, 2011

Carlos J. Zapata-Rodríguez, Slobodan Vuković, Milivoj R. Belić, David Pastor, and Juan J. Miret, "Nondiffracting Bessel plasmons," Opt. Express 19, 19572-19581 (2011)

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