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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 13 — Jun. 22, 2009
  • pp: 10910–10925

Interaction of radially polarized focused light with a prolate spheroidal nanoparticle

Kürşat Şendur and Ahmet Şahinöz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 13, pp. 10910-10925 (2009)

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The interaction of a nanoparticle with light is affected by nanoparticle geometry and composition, as well as by focused beam parameters, such as the polarization and numerical aperture of the beam. The interaction of a radially focused beam with a prolate spheroidal nanoparticle is particularly important because it has the potential to produce strong near-field electromagnetic radiation. Strong and tightly localized longitudinal components of a radially polarized focused beam can excite strong plasmon modes on elongated nanoparticles such as prolate spheroids. In this study, near field radiation from a prolate spheriodal nanoparticle is investigated when it is illuminated with a radially polarized focused beam of light. Near-field radiation from the nanoparticle is investigated in the absence and presence of metallic layers. It is shown that the interaction of a radially polarized focused beam with a prolate spheroidal nanoparticle can be enhanced by creating images of monopole charges using metallic layers. In addition, it is also observed that the presence of a metallic layer shifts the resonance of the prolate spheroid toward longer wavelengths. Dipole, quadruple, and off resonance field distributions for particles with different sizes and aspect ratios are presented when they are illuminated with a radially focused beam of light.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: March 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2009
Published: June 16, 2009

Kürsat Sendur and Ahmet Sahinöz, "Interaction of radially polarized focused light with a prolate spheroidal nanoparticle," Opt. Express 17, 10910-10925 (2009)

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