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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25035–25047

Polarization-induced tunability of localized surface plasmon resonances in arrays of sub-wavelength cruciform apertures

Paul G. Thompson, Claudiu G. Biris, Edward J. Osley, Ophir Gaathon, Richard M. Osgood, Jr., Nicolae C. Panoiu, and Paul A. Warburton  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25035-25047 (2011)

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We demonstrate experimentally that by engineering the structural asymmetry of the primary unit cell of a symmetrically nanopatterned metallic film the optical transmission becomes strongly dependent on the polarization of the incident wave. By considering a specific plasmonic structure consisting of square arrays of nanoscale asymmetric cruciform apertures we show that the enhanced optical anisotropy is induced by the excitation inside the apertures of localized surface plasmon resonances. The measured transmission spectra of these plasmonic arrays show a transmission maximum whose spectral location can be tuned by almost 50% by simply varying the in-plane polarization of the incident photons. Comprehensive numerical simulations further prove that the maximum of the transmission spectra corresponds to polarization-dependent surface plasmon resonances tightly confined in the two arms of the cruciform aperture. Despite this, there are isosbestic points where the transmission, reflection, and absorption spectra are polarization-independent, regardless of the degree of asymmetry of the apertures.

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OCIS Codes
(230.0250) Optical devices : Optoelectronics
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: September 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 8, 2011
Published: November 22, 2011

Paul G. Thompson, Claudiu G. Biris, Edward J. Osley, Ophir Gaathon, Richard M. Osgood, Nicolae C. Panoiu, and Paul A. Warburton, "Polarization-induced tunability of localized surface plasmon resonances in arrays of sub-wavelength cruciform apertures," Opt. Express 19, 25035-25047 (2011)

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