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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 15072–15086

Terahertz Near-Field Vectorial Imaging of Subwavelength Apertures and Aperture Arrays

J. R. Knab, A. J. L. Adam, M. Nagel, E. Shaner, M. A. Seo, D. S. Kim, and P. C. M. Planken  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 15072-15086 (2009)

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We present measurements of the complete terahertz (THz) electric near-field distribution, Ex , Ey and Ez , in both the time- and frequency-domains, for subwavelength apertures and subsections of subwavelength aperture arrays. Measuring the individual components of the THz near-field with subwavelength spatial resolution, as they emerge from these structures, illustrates how the field interacts with the apertures. We observe the small but measurable y- and z-components of the electric field for both single apertures and arrays. Resonant contributions, attributed to Bloch modes, are detected and we observe the presence of a longitudinal field component, Ez , within the different array apertures, which can be attributed to a diffractive effect. These measurements illustrate in detail the individual THz field components emerging from subwavelength apertures and provide a direct measure of two important mechanisms that contribute to the net transmission of light through arrays.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures
(110.6795) Imaging systems : Terahertz imaging

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: June 19, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 7, 2009
Published: August 11, 2009

J. R. Knab, A. J. L. Adam, M. Nagel, E. Shaner, M. A. Seo, D. S. Kim, and P. C. M. Planken, "Terahertz Near-Field Vectorial Imaging of Subwavelength Apertures and Aperture Arrays," Opt. Express 17, 15072-15086 (2009)

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