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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2013
  • pp: 16753–16762

General properties of the surface charge pattern of one-dimensional metallic gratings

Haitao Liu and Philippe Lalanne  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 14, pp. 16753-16762 (2013)

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Under light illumination, metallic gratings present unexpected and fascinating phenomena, which are due to the complex charge patterns generated on the grating surfaces. The moving electrons are due to the launching of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), but only in part. We derive analytical expressions quantifying the plasmonic character of the surface charge patterns, i.e. the contribution of SPPs to its formation. The expressions have a general significance, in the sense that they may be applied to a variety of geometries and spectral ranges, irrespective of whether the grating absorbs, transmits, reflects, or how strongly it resonates.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: April 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 24, 2013
Published: July 5, 2013

Haitao Liu and Philippe Lalanne, "General properties of the surface charge pattern of one-dimensional metallic gratings," Opt. Express 21, 16753-16762 (2013)

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