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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 15 — Jul. 23, 2007
  • pp: 9129–9138

Near-field characterization of extraordinary optical transmission in sub-wavelength aperture arrays

Michael Mrejen, Abraham Israel, Hesham Taha, Mila Palchan, and Aaron Lewis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 15, pp. 9129-9138 (2007)

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Extra ordinary transmission through arrays of subwavelength apertures has been investigated using near-field scanning optical microscopy. For such studies arrays were fabricated to give maximum resonance enhancement of light transmission at the wavelength of illumination that was used (532 nm). To define this enhancement a design was employed that allowed in one field of view of a near-field image the investigation of single apertures of dimension that was similar to what was incorporated into the sub-wavelength hole array. Significant asymmetry in the transmission and the propagation of the light along the aperture array was detected. This non-uniformity could be explained by polarization of the incident light, edge effects and the geometry of the array. The results support a hypothesis of both enhanced transmission due to surface plasmons and a non-diffracting beaming as a function of distance effect in the propagation of the light from the array.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: May 22, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 4, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 5, 2007
Published: July 10, 2007

Michael Mrejen, Abraham Israel, Hesham Taha, Mila Palchan, and Aaron Lewis, "Near-field characterization of extraordinary optical transmission in sub-wavelength aperture arrays," Opt. Express 15, 9129-9138 (2007)

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