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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 9 — Apr. 27, 2009
  • pp: 6920–6930

Enhanced optical transmission at the cutoff transition

E. Laux, C. Genet, and T. W. Ebbesen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 9, pp. 6920-6930 (2009)

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The phenomenon of extraordinary transmission in the optical regime for circular hole arrays in optically thick metal films is studied as a function of hole size and depth. In the limit of small holes compared to the depth, the transmission properties follow a waveguide type behavior. By describing the transmission process as resulting from the interference between a resonant and a non-resonant contribution, a transition is clearly revealed through the specific spectral variations of the resonance at a given hole depth. This transition is associated to a change in the attenuation through the hole as its size increases, and corresponds to the optimal condition for surface plasmon excitation.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: December 4, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2009
Published: April 13, 2009

E. Laux, C. Genet, and T. W. Ebbesen, "Enhanced optical transmission at the cutoff transition," Opt. Express 17, 6920-6930 (2009)

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