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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 11 — May. 28, 2007
  • pp: 6994–6999

Effective medium description of plasmonic metamaterials

Q-Han Park, J. H. Kang, J. W. Lee, and D. S. Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 11, pp. 6994-6999 (2007)

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We demonstrate that the electromagnetic properties of a plasmonic metamaterial, composed of a perfectly conducting metal film perforated with an array of holes, can be effectively described by a structureless, three layer film. The enhanced transmission, first observed by Ebbessen, is identified with resonant tunneling in the equivalent three layer system and perfect transmission is shown to be possible below the critical thickness of a metamaterial. The nature of modes mediating perfect transmission is clarified.

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(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

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Original Manuscript: April 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 15, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2007
Published: May 22, 2007

Q-Han Park, J. H. Kang, J. W. Lee, and D. S. Kim, "Effective medium description of plasmonic metamaterials," Opt. Express 15, 6994-6999 (2007)

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