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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 16 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 15483–15489

The Goos-Hänchen effect for surface plasmon polaritons

Felix Huerkamp, Tamara A. Leskova, Alexei A. Maradudin, and Björn Baumeier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 16, pp. 15483-15489 (2011)

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By means of an impedance boundary condition and numerical solution of integral equations for the scattering amplitudes to which its use gives rise, we study as a function of its angle of incidence the reflection of a surface plasmon polariton beam propagating on a metal surface whose dielectric function is ɛ1(ω) when it is incident on a planar interface with a coplanar metal surface whose dielectric function is ɛ2(ω). When the surface of incidence is optically more dense than the surface of scattering, i.e. when |ɛ2(ω)| ≫ |ɛ1(ω)|, the reflected beam undergoes a lateral displacement whose magnitude is several times the wavelength of the incident beam. This displacement is the surface plasmon polariton analogue of the Goos-Hänchen effect. Since this displacement is sensitive to the dielectric properties of the surface, this effect can be exploited to sense modifications of the dielectric environment of a metal surface, e.g. due to adsorption of atomic or molecular layers on it.

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OCIS Codes
(240.5420) Optics at surfaces : Polaritons
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(290.5825) Scattering : Scattering theory

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: May 24, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2011
Published: July 28, 2011

Felix Huerkamp, Tamara A. Leskova, Alexei A. Maradudin, and Björn Baumeier, "The Goos-Hänchen effect for surface plasmon polaritons," Opt. Express 19, 15483-15489 (2011)

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