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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 26564–26577

Wave front adaptation using a deformable mirror for adiabatic nanofocusing along an ultrasharp gold taper

Slawa Schmidt, Pascal Engelke, Björn Piglosiewicz, Martin Esmann, Simon F. Becker, Kyungwan Yoo, Namkyoo Park, Christoph Lienau, and Petra Groß  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 26564-26577 (2013)

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We describe and demonstrate the use of an adaptive wave front optimization scheme for enhancing the efficiency of adiabatic nanofocusing of surface plasmon polariton (SPP) waves along an ultrasharp conical gold taper. Adiabatic nanofocusing is an emerging and promising scheme for controlled focusing of far field light into nanometric volumes. It comprises three essential steps: SPP excitation by coupling far field light to an SPP waveguide, SPP propagation along the waveguide and adiabatic SPP nanofocusing towards a geometric singularity. For commonly used complex waveguide geometries, such as, e.g., conical metal tapers, a realistic modeling and efficiency optimization is challenging. Here, we use a deformable mirror to adaptively control the wave front of the incident far field light. We demonstrate an eight-fold enhancement in nanofocusing efficiency and analyze the shape of the resulting optimized wave front. The introduced wave front optimization scheme is of general interest for guiding and controlling light on the nanoscale.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(260.7120) Physical optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(220.1080) Optical design and fabrication : Active or adaptive optics

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Original Manuscript: September 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2013
Published: October 28, 2013

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Slawa Schmidt, Pascal Engelke, Björn Piglosiewicz, Martin Esmann, Simon F. Becker, Kyungwan Yoo, Namkyoo Park, Christoph Lienau, and Petra Groß, "Wave front adaptation using a deformable mirror for adiabatic nanofocusing along an ultrasharp gold taper," Opt. Express 21, 26564-26577 (2013)

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