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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2010
  • pp: 5809–5824

Full vectorial imaging of electromagnetic light at subwavelength scale

T. Grosjean, I. A. Ibrahim, M. A. Suarez, G. W. Burr, M. Mivelle, and D. Charraut  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 6, pp. 5809-5824 (2010)

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We propose a near-field imaging concept for obtaining a complete experimental description of the structure of light in three dimensions around nanodevices. Our approach is based on a near-field microscope able to simultaneously and independently map the phase and amplitude distributions of two orthogonal electric-field components at the sample surface. From a single 2D acquisition of these two components, the complementary electric and magnetic field lines and Poynting vector distributions are reconstructed in a volume above the sample using rigorous numerical methods. This experimental analysis of localized electric and magnetic optical effects as well as energy flows at the subwavelength scale enables the development of a complete electromagnetic diagnostic of nano-optical devices and metamaterials.

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OCIS Codes
(100.3010) Image processing : Image reconstruction techniques
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(240.5440) Optics at surfaces : Polarization-selective devices

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Original Manuscript: October 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 9, 2010
Published: March 9, 2010

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T. Grosjean, I. A. Ibrahim, M. A. Suarez, G. W. Burr, M. Mivelle, and D. Charraut, "Full vectorial imaging of electromagnetic light at subwavelength scale," Opt. Express 18, 5809-5824 (2010)

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