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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 10 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: 9035–9043

Evidence of surface plasmon resonance in ultrafast laser-induced ripples

F. Garrelie, J. P. Colombier, F. Pigeon, S. Tonchev, N. Faure, M. Bounhalli, S. Reynaud, and O. Parriaux  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 10, pp. 9035-9043 (2011)

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The sensitivity of grating-coupled Surface Plasmon Polaritons (SPPs) on metallic surface has been exploited to investigate the correlation between ripples formation under ultrashort laser exposure and SPPs generation conditions. Systematic examination of coupling of single ultrashort laser pulse on gratings with appropriate periods ranging from 440 nm to 800 nm has been performed. Our approach reveals that a surface plasmon is excited only for an appropriate grating period, the nickel sample exhibits fine ripples pattern, evidencing the plasmonic nature of ripples generation. We propose a systematic investigation supported by a comprehensive study on the obtained modulation of such a coupling efficiency by means of a phenomenological Drude-Lorentz model which captures possible optical properties modification under femtosecond irradiation.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: February 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2011
Published: April 25, 2011

F. Garrelie, J.-P. Colombier, F. Pigeon, S. Tonchev, N. Faure, M. Bounhalli, S. Reynaud, and O. Parriaux, "Evidence of surface plasmon resonance in ultrafast laser-induced ripples," Opt. Express 19, 9035-9043 (2011)

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