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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 24 — Nov. 21, 2011
  • pp: 24219–24227

A subwavelength slit as a quarter-wave retarder

Philip F. Chimento, Nikolay V. Kuzmin, Johan Bosman, Paul F. A. Alkemade, Gert W. ’t Hooft, and Eric R. Eliel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 24219-24227 (2011)

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We have experimentally studied the polarization-dependent transmission properties of a nanoslit in a gold film as a function of its width. The slit exhibits strong birefringence and dichroism. We find, surprisingly, that the transmission of the polarization parallel to the slit only disappears when the slit is much narrower than half a wavelength, while the transmission of the perpendicular component is reduced by the excitation of surface plasmons. We exploit the slit’s dichroism and birefringence to realize a quarter-wave retarder.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1930) Diffraction and gratings : Dichroism
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: September 16, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 2, 2011
Published: November 14, 2011

Philip F. Chimento, Nikolay V. Kuzmin, Johan Bosman, Paul F. A. Alkemade, Gert W. ’t Hooft, and Eric R. Eliel, "A subwavelength slit as a quarter-wave retarder," Opt. Express 19, 24219-24227 (2011)

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