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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 24 — Nov. 26, 2007
  • pp: 15928–15934

Observation of Goos-Hänchen shifts in metallic reflection

M. Merano, A. Aiello, G.W. ’t Hooft, M. P. van Exter, E. R. Eliel, and J. P. Woerdman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 24, pp. 15928-15934 (2007)

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We report the first observation of the Goos-Hänchen shift of a light beam incident on a bare metal surface. This phenomenon is particularly interesting because the Goos-Hänchen shift for p polarized light in metals is negative and much bigger than the positive shift for s polarized light. The experimental result for the measured shifts as a function of the angle of incidence is in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions. In an energy-flux interpretation, our measurement shows the existence of a backward energy flow at the bare metal surface when this is excited by a p polarized beam of light.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 13, 2007
Published: November 16, 2007

M. Merano, A. Aiello, G. W. ’t Hooft, M. P. van Exter, E. R. Eliel, and J. P. Woerdman, "Observation of Goos-Hänchen shifts in metallic reflection," Opt. Express 15, 15928-15934 (2007)

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