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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 2 — Jan. 26, 2004
  • pp: 282–287

Sub-wavelength patterning of the optical near-field

Romain Quidant, Gonçal Badenes, Stéphanie Cheylan, Ramon Alcubilla, Jean-Claude Weeber, and Christian Girard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 2, pp. 282-287 (2004)

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We report the sub-wavelength patterning of the optical near-field by total internal reflection illumination of a regular array of resonant gold nano-particles. Under appropriate conditions, the in-plane coupling between Localized Surface Plasmon (LSP) fields gives rise to sub-wavelength light spots between the structures. Measurements performed with an Apertureless Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscope (ASNOM) show a good agreement with theoretical predictions based on the Green dyadic method. This concept might offer a convenient way to elaborate extended optical trap landscapes for manipulation of sub-micrometer systems.

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OCIS Codes
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(240.5420) Optics at surfaces : Polaritons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: December 12, 2003
Revised Manuscript: January 9, 2004
Published: January 26, 2004

Romain Quidant, Goncal Badenes, Stéphanie Cheylan, Ramon Alcubilla, Jean-Claude Weeber, and Christian Girard, "Sub-wavelength patterning of the optical near-field," Opt. Express 12, 282-287 (2004)

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