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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 1 — Jan. 5, 2009
  • pp: 117–122

Tailoring the excitation of localized surface plasmon-polariton resonances by focusing radially-polarized beams

Nassiredin M. Mojarad and Mario Agio  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 1, pp. 117-122 (2009)

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We study the interaction of focused radially-polarized light with metal nanospheres. By expanding the electromagnetic field in terms of multipoles, we gain insight on the excitation of localized surface plasmon-polariton resonances in the nanoparticle. We show that focused radially-polarized beams offer more opportunities than a focused plane wave or a Gaussian beam for tuning the near- and far-field system response. These results find applications in nano-optics, optical tweezers, and optical data storage.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(210.4770) Optical data storage : Optical recording
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: October 10, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 19, 2008
Published: December 23, 2008

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Nassiredin M. Mojarad and Mario Agio, "Tailoring the excitation of localized surface plasmon-polariton resonances by focusing radially-polarized beams," Opt. Express 17, 117-122 (2009)

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