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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 24 — Nov. 21, 2011
  • pp: 24424–24433

Isotropic broadband absorption by a macroscopic self-organized plasmonic crystal

Hugo Frederich, Fangfang Wen, Julien Laverdant, Laurent Coolen, Catherine Schwob, and Agnès Maître  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 24424-24433 (2011)

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We describe the plasmonic properties of a two-dimensional periodic metallic grating of macroscopic size obtained by gold deposition on a self-assembled silica opal. Structural characterization shows a transition from microscopic order to isotropy at macroscopic scale. Optical reflection spectra exhibit a dip of almost complete absorption due to coupling to surface-plasmon-polaritons (SPP). This is explained by theoretical calculations introducing a density of coupled SPP modes. We demonstrate, at a given incidence angle, a broad continuum of coupled wavelengths over the visible spectrum. This opens new possibilities in fields where light-plasmon coupling is required over a broad range of wavelengths and incidence orientations.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: October 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 24, 2011
Published: November 14, 2011

Hugo Frederich, Fangfang Wen, Julien Laverdant, Laurent Coolen, Catherine Schwob, and Agnès Maître, "Isotropic broadband absorption by a macroscopic self-organized plasmonic crystal," Opt. Express 19, 24424-24433 (2011)

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