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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 20 — Sep. 28, 2009
  • pp: 17483–17490

Huygens-Fresnel principle for surface plasmons

T. V. Teperik, A. Archambault, F. Marquier, and J. J. Greffet  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 17483-17490 (2009)

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We present an explicit form of the surface plasmon propagator. Its form has the structure of a vectorial Huygens-Fresnel principle. The propagator appears to be a powerful tool to deal with diffraction, interference and focusing of surface plasmons. In contrast with the scalar approximation used so far, the vectorial propagator accounts for near-field and polarization effects. We illustrate the potential of the propagator by studying diffraction of surface plasmons by a slit and focusing of surface plasmons by a Fresnel lens.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 30, 2009
Published: September 15, 2009

T. V. Teperik, A. Archambault, F. Marquier, and J. J. Greffet, "Huygens-Fresnel principle for surface plasmons," Opt. Express 17, 17483-17490 (2009)

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