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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 12877–12884

Mapping surface plasmon polariton propagation via counter-propagating light pulses

Christoph Lemke, Till Leißner, Stephan Jauernik, Alwin Klick, Jacek Fiutowski, Jakob Kjelstrup-Hansen, Horst-Günter Rubahn, and Michael Bauer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 12877-12884 (2012)

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In an interferometric time-resolved photoemission electron microscopy (ITR-PEEM) experiment, the near-field associated with surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) can be locally sensed via interference with ultrashort laser pulses. Here, we present ITR-PEEM data of SPP propagation at a gold vacuum interface recorded in a counter-propagating pump-probe geometry. In comparison to former work this approach provides a very intuitive real-time access to the SPP wave packet. The quantitative analysis of the PEEM data enables us to determine in a rather direct manner the propagation characteristics of the SPP.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(240.6675) Optics at surfaces : Surface photoemission and photoelectron spectroscopy

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: March 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2012
Published: May 23, 2012

Christoph Lemke, Till Leißner, Stephan Jauernik, Alwin Klick, Jacek Fiutowski, Jakob Kjelstrup-Hansen, Horst-Günter Rubahn, and Michael Bauer, "Mapping surface plasmon polariton propagation via counter-propagating light pulses," Opt. Express 20, 12877-12884 (2012)

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