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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 4 — Feb. 13, 2012
  • pp: 4697–4709

Long vs. short-range orders in random subwavelength hole arrays

Frédéric Przybilla, Cyriaque Genet, and Thomas W. Ebbesen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 4697-4709 (2012)

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We analyze the progressive introduction of disorder in periodic subwavelength hole arrays. Two models of disorder are discussed from their associated Fourier transforms and correlation functions. The optical transmission properties of the corresponding arrays are closely related with the evolutions of structure factors, as experimentally detailed. Remarkably, the optical properties of random arrays are not in general equal to those of the single hole as a result of short-range correlations corresponding to hole-to-hole interactions. These correlations are due to packing constraints that are controlled through the careful generation of random patterns. For high density pattern, short-range order can take over long-range order associated with the periodic array.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: December 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 2012
Published: February 9, 2012

Frédéric Przybilla, Cyriaque Genet, and Thomas W. Ebbesen, "Long vs. short-range orders in random subwavelength hole arrays," Opt. Express 20, 4697-4709 (2012)

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