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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 16 — Aug. 9, 2004
  • pp: 3673–3685

Surface plasmon-polariton mediated light emission through thin metal films

Stephen Wedge and W. L. Barnes  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 16, pp. 3673-3685 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.12.003673


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Abstract

The emission of light by sources in close proximity to a thin metallic film is dominated by surface plasmon-polariton modes supported by that film. We explore the nature of the modes and examine how the energy lost to such modes can be recovered. Both cross-coupled and coupled SPPs are presented as a means of transferring energy across a thin metal film. These modes are then scattered and thereby coupled to light by a wavelength scale grating type microstructure. We show that the photoluminescence emission from a structure containing a microstructured thin metal film that supports coupled SPPs is over 50 times greater than that from a similar planar structure. Similar strong photoluminescence emission is also exhibited by a sample that contains a planar metal film coated with a microstructured dielectric overlayer.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Extraordinary light transmission through sub-wavelength structured surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: June 10, 2004
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2004
Published: August 9, 2004

Citation
Stephen Wedge and W. Barnes, "Surface plasmon-polariton mediated light emission through thin metal films," Opt. Express 12, 3673-3685 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-12-16-3673


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