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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13314–13321

Low-loss plasmon-triggered switching between reflected free-space diffraction orders

J. Sauvage-Vincent, Y. Jourlin, V. Petiton, A.V. Tishchenko, I. Verrier, and O. Parriaux  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13314-13321 (2014)

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Surface plasmon coupling of a TM polarized free space incident beam by means of the + 1st or the −2nd order of a smooth corrugation grating at a metal surface causes the cancellation of the diffracted −1st order free space beam and a maximum of the 0th order Fresnel reflection whereas the converse occurs midway between these two conditions. This implies that angular tilting of the element or wavelength scanning provokes the switching between the −1st and 0th reflected orders. This plasmon-mediated effect on propagating free-space beams exhibits remarkably low absorption losses.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

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Original Manuscript: March 4, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 13, 2014
Published: May 27, 2014

J. Sauvage-Vincent, Y. Jourlin, V. Petiton, A.V. Tishchenko, I. Verrier, and O. Parriaux, "Low-loss plasmon-triggered switching between reflected free-space diffraction orders," Opt. Express 22, 13314-13321 (2014)

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