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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 13 — Jun. 23, 2008
  • pp: 9942–9950

Resonant photon tunneling via surface plasmon polaritons through one-dimensional metal-dielectric metamaterials

Satoshi Tomita, Takashi Yokoyama, Hisao Yanagi, Ben Wood, John B. Pendry, Minoru Fujii, and Shinji Hayashi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 13, pp. 9942-9950 (2008)

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We report resonant photon tunneling (RPT) through one-dimensional metamaterials consisting of alternating layers of metal and dielectric. RPT via a surface plasmon polariton state permits evanescent light waves with large wavenumbers to be conveyed through the metamaterial. This is the mechanism for sub-wavelength imaging recently demonstrated with a super-lens. Furthermore, we find that the RPT peak is shifted from the reflectance dip with increasing the number of Al layers, indicating that the shift is caused by the losses in the RPT.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.7040) Optics at surfaces : Tunneling
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Surface Plasmons

Original Manuscript: April 1, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 12, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 4, 2008
Published: June 20, 2008

Satoshi Tomita, Takashi Yokoyama, Hisao Yanagi, Ben Wood, John B. Pendry, Minoru Fujii, and Shinji Hayashi, "Resonant photon tunneling via surface plasmon polaritons through one-dimensional metal-dielectric metamaterials," Opt. Express 16, 9942-9950 (2008)

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