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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 15 — Jul. 23, 2007
  • pp: 9692–9700

The plasmon Talbot effect

Mark R. Dennis, Nikolay I. Zheludev, and F. Javier García de Abajo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 15, pp. 9692-9700 (2007)

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The plasmon analog of the self-imaging Talbot effect is described and theoretically analyzed. Rich plasmon carpets containing hot spots are shown to be produced by a row of periodically-spaced surface features. A row of holes drilled in a metal film and illuminated from the back side is discussed as a realizable implementation of this concept. Self-images of the row are produced, separated from the original one by distances up to several hundreds of wavelengths in the examples under consideration. The size of the image focal spots is close to half a wavelength and the spot positions can be controlled by changing the incidence direction of external illumination, suggesting the possibility of using this effect (and its extension to non-periodic surface features) for far-field patterning and for long-distance plasmon-based interconnects in plasmonic circuits, energy transfer, and related phenomena.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(070.6760) Fourier optics and signal processing : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: June 11, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 13, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 2007
Published: July 19, 2007

Mark R. Dennis, Nikolay I. Zheludev, and F. Javier García de Abajo, "The plasmon Talbot effect," Opt. Express 15, 9692-9700 (2007)

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