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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 10 — May. 7, 2012
  • pp: 10538–10544

Handedness-sensitive emission of surface plasmon polaritons by elliptical nanohole ensembles

Boris B. Tsema, Yuri B. Tsema, Maxim R. Shcherbakov, Yu-Hsuan Lin, Da-Ren Liu, Vasily V. Klimov, Andrey A. Fedyanin, and Din Ping Tsai  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 10538-10544 (2012)

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We report handedness-sensitive surface plasmon polariton (SPP) emission in mirror-symmetric ensembles of elliptical nanoholes made in a thin gold film. It is found by means of rigorous calculations and scanning near-field optical microscopy that SPP excitation direction depends on the direction of circularly polarized illumination E-vector rotation. An analytical model based on anisotropic polarizability of each nanohole is presented. Both the experimental and calculated results are in agreement with Curie’s principle, and contribute to better understanding of symmetry in plasmonics.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(130.5440) Integrated optics : Polarization-selective devices

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Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: February 28, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2012
Published: April 23, 2012

Boris B. Tsema, Yuri B. Tsema, Maxim R. Shcherbakov, Yu-Hsuan Lin, Da-Ren Liu, Vasily V. Klimov, Andrey A. Fedyanin, and Din Ping Tsai, "Handedness-sensitive emission of surface plasmon polaritons by elliptical nanohole ensembles," Opt. Express 20, 10538-10544 (2012)

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