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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 8 — Apr. 9, 2012
  • pp: 8658–8666

Probing photonic Bloch wavefunctions with plasmon-coupled leakage radiation

C. J. Regan, O. Thiabgoh, L. Grave de Peralta, and A.A. Bernussi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pp. 8658-8666 (2012)

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We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally the direct observation of photonic Bloch wavefunctions in dielectric loaded plasmonic crystals. The ultimate ability to observe the Bloch wavefunctions in the surface emission images depends not on the light diffraction through the holes but on the strength of the in-plane light scattering from the individual lattice features and the presence of the metal layer which allows the light propagating within the crystal to be imaged in the far-field. Experimental results are in excellent agreement with simulated surface emission and back focal plane images of plasmonic crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(160.5293) Materials : Photonic bandgap materials
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: January 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 26, 2012
Published: March 29, 2012

C. J. Regan, O. Thiabgoh, L. Grave de Peralta, and A.A. Bernussi, "Probing photonic Bloch wavefunctions with plasmon-coupled leakage radiation," Opt. Express 20, 8658-8666 (2012)

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