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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Oct. 12, 2009
  • pp: 18621–18629

Reflection of Cylindrical Surface Waves

Reuven Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 18621-18629 (2009)

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The reflection of the radially polarized surface wave on a metal wire at an abrupt end is derived. This theory allows for straightforward calculation of the reflection coefficient, including the phase and the amplitude, which will prove useful to the many applications in nanoplasmonics and terahertz spectroscopy. The theory shows excellent quantitative agreement with past comprehensive numerical simulations for small wires and for predicting the minima in reflection for larger wires. Using this theory, the wavelength dependent reflection is calculated for gold rods of diameter 10 nm, 26 nm and 85 nm, from which the Fabry-Perot resonance wavelengths are found. The Fabry-Perot resonances show good agreement with experimentally measured surface plasmon resonances in nanorods. This demonstrates the predictive ability of the theory for applications involving widely-used nanorods, optical antennas and plasmonic resonators.

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OCIS Codes
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(280.1415) Remote sensing and sensors : Biological sensing and sensors
(300.6495) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, teraherz
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: August 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 29, 2009
Published: September 30, 2009

Reuven Gordon, "Reflection of Cylindrical Surface Waves," Opt. Express 17, 18621-18629 (2009)

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