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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 26 — Dec. 24, 2007
  • pp: 18119–18129

Tailoring the sensing capabilities of nanohole arrays in gold films with Rayleigh anomaly-surface plasmon polaritons

Jeffrey M. McMahon, Joel Henzie, Teri W. Odom, George C. Schatz, and Stephen K. Gray  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 26, pp. 18119-18129 (2007)

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Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and diffraction effects such as Rayleigh anomalies (RAs) play key roles in the transmission of light through periodic subwavelength hole arrays in metal films. Using a combination of theory and experiment we show how refractive index (RI) sensitive transmission features arise from hole arrays in thin gold films. We show that large transmission amplitude changes occur over a narrow range of RI values due to coupling between RAs and SPPs on opposite sides of the metal film. Furthermore, we show how to predict, on the basis of a relatively simple analysis, the periodicity and other system parameters that should be used to achieve this “RA-SPP” effect for any desired RI range.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(290.3030) Scattering : Index measurements
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: August 1, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 15, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 2007
Published: December 19, 2007

Jeffrey M. McMahon, Joel Henzie, Teri W. Odom, George C. Schatz, and Stephen K. Gray, "Tailoring the sensing capabilities of nanohole arrays in gold films with Rayleigh anomaly-surface plasmon polaritons," Opt. Express 15, 18119-18129 (2007)

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