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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 26 — Dec. 21, 2009
  • pp: 23772–23784

Local observation of plasmon focusing in Talbot carpets

Sudhir Cherukulappurath, Dominique Heinis, Jean Cesario, Niek. F. van Hulst, Stefan Enoch, and Romain Quidant  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 26, pp. 23772-23784 (2009)

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We present a detailed experimental and theoretical study of plasmon Talbot effect. A theoretical model based on simple scattering theory is developed to describe the Talbot self-imaging pattern generated by a linear arrangement of cylindrical nanostructures forming a periodic array. We first show the experimental observation of plasmon Talbot carpets created by propagating surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) interacting with cylindrical nanostructures positioned on a thin Au film using leakage radiation microscopy. Such images provide information on the distribution of the plasmon intensity close to the nanostructures. Next, heterodyne interferometer based near-field imaging is carried out to extract information on the plasmonic modes forming the Talbot carpet deployment. We report the experimental observation of Talbot focal spots with dimensions down to λ / 4 .

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OCIS Codes
(070.6760) Fourier optics and signal processing : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: October 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 30, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2009
Published: December 11, 2009

Sudhir Cherukulappurath, Dominique Heinis, Jean Cesario, Niek. F. van Hulst, Stefan Enoch, and Romain Quidant, "Local observation of plasmon focusing
in Talbot carpets," Opt. Express 17, 23772-23784 (2009)

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