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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 13 — Jun. 23, 2008
  • pp: 9571–9579

Efficiency and finite size effects in enhanced transmission through subwavelength apertures

F. Przybilla, A. Degiron, C. Genet, T.W. Ebbesen, F. de Léon-Pérez, J. Bravo-Abad, F. J. García-Vidal, and L. Martín-Moreno  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 13, pp. 9571-9579 (2008)

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We investigate transmission efficiency and finite size effects for the subwavelength hole arrays. Experiments and simulations show how the finite size effects depend strongly on the hole diameter. The transmission efficiency reaches an asymptotic upper value when the array is larger than the surface plasmon propagation length on the corrugated surface. By comparing the transmission of arrays with that of the corresponding single holes, the relative enhancement is found to increase as the hole diameter decreases. In the conditions of the experiments the enhancement is one to two orders of magnitude but there is no fundamental upper limit to this value.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: April 7, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 3, 2008
Published: June 13, 2008

F. Przybilla, A. Degiron, C. Genet, T. Ebbesen, F. de Léon-Pérez, J. Bravo-Abad, F. J. García-Vidal, and L. Martín-Moreno, "Efficiency and finite size effects in enhanced transmission through subwavelength apertures," Opt. Express 16, 9571-9579 (2008)

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