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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 9 — Apr. 27, 2009
  • pp: 7019–7024

Active Control and Spatial Mapping of Mid-Infrared Propagating Surface Plasmons

T. Ribaudo, E. A. Shaner, S. S. Howard, C. Gmachl, X. J. Wang, F.-S. Choa, and D. Wasserman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 9, pp. 7019-7024 (2009)

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Periodic arrays of subwavelength apertures in metal films have been shown to exhibit strongly enhanced transmission at wavelengths determined by the periodicity of the film as well as the optical properties of the metal and surrounding dielectric material. Here we investigate the coupling between such a grating and a Quantum Cascade Laser. By actively tuning the optical properties of our grating, we control the coupling of laser light to the plasmonic structure, switching our grating from a predominantly transmitting state to a state that allows coupling to propagating surface waves, which can then be imaged on the metallic surface.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

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Original Manuscript: February 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 6, 2009
Published: April 13, 2009

T. Ribaudo, E. A. Shaner, S. S. Howard, C. Gmachl, X. J. Wang, F.-S. Choa, and D. Wasserman, "Active control and spatial mapping of mid-infrared propagating surface plasmons," Opt. Express 17, 7019-7024 (2009)

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