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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 11 — May. 23, 2011
  • pp: 10206–10220

Engineering photonic nanojets

Myun-Sik Kim, Toralf Scharf, Stefan Mühlig, Carsten Rockstuhl, and Hans Peter Herzig  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 11, pp. 10206-10220 (2011)

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Photonic Nanojets are highly localized wave fields emerging directly behind dielectric microspheres; if suitably illuminated. In this contribution we reveal how different illumination conditions can be used to engineer the photonic Nanojets by measuring them in amplitude and phase with a high resolution interference microscope. We investigate how the wavelength, the amplitude distribution of the illumination, its polarization, or a break in symmetry of the axial-symmetric structure and the illumination affect the position, the localization and the shape of the photonic Nanojets. Various fascinating properties are systematically revealed and their implications for possible applications are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Holographic interferometry
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory

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Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: April 5, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 2, 2011
Published: May 9, 2011

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Myun-Sik Kim, Toralf Scharf, Stefan Mühlig, Carsten Rockstuhl, and Hans Peter Herzig, "Engineering photonic nanojets," Opt. Express 19, 10206-10220 (2011)

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