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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 26 — Dec. 24, 2007
  • pp: 17863–17873

Optical transmission through single subwavelength apertures using prism coupled input of laser light of annular intensity profile

L. Feng and P. Dawson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 26, pp. 17863-17873 (2007)

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Light transmission through a single subwavelength aperture in a silver film is examined with a novel input configuration comprising an annular laser beam of variable diameter that is prism-coupled to the back face of the silver. Transmission peaks driven by excitation of the back-face surface plasmon mode or by the aperture resonance itself are separately observed. For both cases, comparison of films with and without a front-face, circular grating implies significantly more efficient coupling from the aperture fields to the front-face surface plasmon than directly to free radiation.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: October 29, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 6, 2007
Published: December 14, 2007

Lei Feng and Paul Dawson, "Optical transmission through single subwavelength apertures using prism coupled input of laser light of annular intensity profile," Opt. Express 15, 17863-17873 (2007)

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