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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 20 — Sep. 28, 2009
  • pp: 17963–17969

Changing the emission of polarized thermal radiation from metallic nanoheaters

Levente J. Klein, Snorri Ingvarsson, and Hendrik F. Hamann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 17963-17969 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.017963


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Abstract

The polarization of the thermal radiation emitted from individual nanoheaters is investigated for nanoheaters with widths ranging from 500 nm to 2000 nm. The polarization is oriented along the long axis of the nanoheater for widths below 600 nm and rotates by 90° and becomes perpendicular for widths above 900 nm. For certain width nanoheaters the orientation of the polarization of the thermal emission can be rotated from parallel to perpendicular by changing the temperature of the nanoheater. The change in the direction of the emitted thermal radiation is explained by thermally excited transverse plasmon modes.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: August 17, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 17, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 17, 2009
Published: September 22, 2009

Citation
Levente J. Klein, Snorri Ingvarsson, and Hendrik F. Hamann, "Changing the emission of polarized thermal radiation from metallic nanoheaters," Opt. Express 17, 17963-17969 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-20-17963


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