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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 14, 2013
  • pp: 1101–1112

Terahertz near-field spectroscopy of filled subwavelength sized apertures in thin metal films

J. R. Knab, A. J. L. Adam, E. Shaner, H. J. A. J. Starmans, and P. C. M. Planken  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 1101-1112 (2013)

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We have measured terahertz near-field spectra of cesium iodide crystals as small as ∼10 μm in diameter, which were deposited on single, sub-wavelength-sized apertures created in thin gold films on a substrate. The advantage of using small apertures for terahertz microspectroscopy is that only terahertz light that has interacted with the cesium iodide is observed. We find that around the transverse optical phonon frequency of cesium iodide, the amplitude transmission is as much influenced by the refractive index as by the absorption. We show that the ability to measure in the near-field of the apertures, where signals are relatively strong, allows us to measure on sample volumes as small as ∼5×10−16 m3.

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OCIS Codes
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(300.6495) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, teraherz
(170.6795) Medical optics and biotechnology : Terahertz imaging

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Original Manuscript: October 24, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 30, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 31, 2012
Published: January 10, 2013

J. R. Knab, A. J. L. Adam, E. Shaner, H. J. A. J. Starmans, and P. C. M. Planken, "Terahertz near-field spectroscopy of filled subwavelength sized apertures in thin metal films," Opt. Express 21, 1101-1112 (2013)

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