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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 15 — Jul. 29, 2013
  • pp: 17558–17566
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Holographic plasmonic lenses for surface plasmons with complex wavefront profile

Yu-Hui Chen, Mingqian Zhang, Lin Gan, Xiaoyu Wu, Lin Sun, Ju Liu, Jia Wang, and Zhi-Yuan Li  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 15, pp. 17558-17566 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.017558


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Abstract

We present a direct-method solution toward the general problem of plasmonic wavefront manipulation and shaping to realize pre-designated functionalities based on the surface-wave holography (SWH) method. We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally the design and fabrication of holographic plasmonic lenses over surface plasmons with complex wavefront profiles. We show that visible light at 632.8 nm transmitting through a high-aspect-ratio slit or a micro-rectangle hole in a silver film can be focused to a preset three-dimensional point spot in free space via appropriately manipulating the interaction of excited surface plasmons with the nanoscale groove pattern of the holographic lens. The experiment results of scanning near-field optical microscopy for measuring the three-dimensional optical field distribution agree well both with designs and with numerical simulations, and this strongly supports the effectiveness and efficiency of the SWH method in the design of plasmonic devices that can fulfill manipulation and transformation of complicated-profile surface plasmons.

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1. Introduction

Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) are propagating waves confined at the metal-dielectric interface [1

1. H. Raether, “Surface-Plasmons on Smooth and Rough Surfaces and on Gratings,” Springer Tr. Mod. Phys. 111, 1–133 (1988).

4

4. C. Genet and T. W. Ebbesen, “Light in tiny holes,” Nature 445(7123), 39–46 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Plasmonic nanostructures can manipulate the in-plane transport and scattering of SPPs in a controllable means. Thus they provide a promising route to construct ultracompact integrated micro/nano optical devices and systems [5

5. S. I. Bozhevolnyi, V. S. Volkov, E. Devaux, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Channel plasmon-polariton guiding by subwavelength metal grooves,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95(4), 046802 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,6

6. S. I. Bozhevolnyi, V. S. Volkov, E. Devaux, J. Y. Laluet, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Channel plasmon subwavelength waveguide components including interferometers and ring resonators,” Nature 440(7083), 508–511 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. In addition, plasmonic nanostructures can also be exploited to fulfill and model conventional optical transport control functionalities, but with a much smaller size scale. Patterning metallic surfaces to utilize the scattering of SPPs to realize conventional optical functionalities has attracted much attention in recent years [7

7. H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

17

17. T. Tanemura, K. C. Balram, D. S. Ly-Gagnon, P. Wahl, J. S. White, M. L. Brongersma, and D. A. B. Miller, “Multiple-wavelength focusing of surface plasmons with a nonperiodic nanoslit coupler,” Nano Lett. 11(7), 2693–2698 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. The advantage is that these structured components have a subwavelength scale and the total structures can be fabricated in a small area on a flat metallic surface [18

18. S. Thongrattanasiri, D. C. Adams, D. Wasserman, and V. A. Podolskiy, “Multiscale beam evolution and shaping in corrugated plasmonic systems,” Opt. Express 19(10), 9269–9281 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Therefore, plasmonic structures provide an ultracompact integration solution to the exploitation of micro-size and nano-size optical devices. For example, light collimators [7

7. H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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13. J.-X. Fu, Y.-L. Hua, Y.-H. Chen, R.-J. Liu, J.-F. Li, and Z.-Y. Li, “Systematic study on visible light collimation by nanostructured slits in the metal surface,” Chin. Phys. B 20(3), 037806 (2011). [CrossRef]

], plasmonic wave plates [14

14. A. Drezet, C. Genet, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Miniature plasmonic wave plates,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 101(4), 043902 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], lenses [9

9. B. Lee, S. Kim, H. Kim, and Y. Lim, “The use of plasmonics in light beaming and focusing,” Prog. Quantum Electron. 34(2), 47–87 (2010). [CrossRef]

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15. L. Verslegers, P. B. Catrysse, Z. F. Yu, J. S. White, E. S. Barnard, M. L. Brongersma, and S. H. Fan, “Planar Lenses Based on Nanoscale Slit Arrays in a Metallic Film,” Nano Lett. 9(1), 235–238 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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16. L. Lin, X. M. Goh, L. P. McGuinness, and A. Roberts, “Plasmonic Lenses Formed by Two-Dimensional Nanometric Cross-Shaped Aperture Arrays for Fresnel-Region Focusing,” Nano Lett. 10(5), 1936–1940 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], and focusing [17

17. T. Tanemura, K. C. Balram, D. S. Ly-Gagnon, P. Wahl, J. S. White, M. L. Brongersma, and D. A. B. Miller, “Multiple-wavelength focusing of surface plasmons with a nonperiodic nanoslit coupler,” Nano Lett. 11(7), 2693–2698 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

] have been designed to manipulate light waves above the metallic surface in the Fresnel region.

To fully realize device and system functionalities in the conventional optics, plasmonic devices must have the capability to address various complicated conditions and situations for both the input wave and the output wave. However, so far these plasmonic devices were designed with special skills, such as simulated annealing method, where complicated and time-consuming iteration algorithms and computations are requested to solve inverse electromagnetic problems [17

17. T. Tanemura, K. C. Balram, D. S. Ly-Gagnon, P. Wahl, J. S. White, M. L. Brongersma, and D. A. B. Miller, “Multiple-wavelength focusing of surface plasmons with a nonperiodic nanoslit coupler,” Nano Lett. 11(7), 2693–2698 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

] to obtain pre-designated devices and functionalities. Fairly speaking, these design methodologies are not universal enough to deal with very general systems and functionalities.

Recently a novel methodology called surface wave holography (SWH) [19

19. Y. H. Chen, J. X. Fu, and Z. Y. Li, “Surface wave holography on designing subwavelength metallic structures,” Opt. Express 19(24), 23908–23920 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

, 20

20. Y. H. Chen, L. Huang, L. Gan, and Z. Y. Li, “Wavefront shaping of infrared light through a subwavelength hole,” Light: Sci. Appl. 1(8), e26 (2012). [CrossRef]

] was proposed as a universal method to manipulate light waves scattered by appropriately patterned grooves milled on the surface of a metallic plate. For a given light wave transportation, SWH allows one to directly determine the geometric morphology of the grooves without the need of complicated and time-consuming iterative computation to obtain inverse-problem solutions in the conventional wisdoms. In this regard, SWH belongs to the direct-method category of device and system design. It has been shown that complex output functionalities of light transmitting through a subwavelength circular hole perforated in an opaque metal screen could be achieved through the SWH method. These functionalities include focusing light waves to an arbitrary point in three dimensions [19

19. Y. H. Chen, J. X. Fu, and Z. Y. Li, “Surface wave holography on designing subwavelength metallic structures,” Opt. Express 19(24), 23908–23920 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], collimating light waves to an arbitrary solid angle [19

19. Y. H. Chen, J. X. Fu, and Z. Y. Li, “Surface wave holography on designing subwavelength metallic structures,” Opt. Express 19(24), 23908–23920 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], and shaping light waves to an “L” pattern and an “O” pattern at a given plane in the Fresnel zone after the metallic screen [20

20. Y. H. Chen, L. Huang, L. Gan, and Z. Y. Li, “Wavefront shaping of infrared light through a subwavelength hole,” Light: Sci. Appl. 1(8), e26 (2012). [CrossRef]

]. As a counterpart of its powerful capability on shaping the output wavefront, we will show that the SWH method also has the equal powerful capability to allow the input plasmonic wave to take a complex profile pattern. The capability to manipulate both the input and output freedom of a plasmonic structure will significantly improve the design of plasmonic devices for application to modern optical devices and systems.

In this paper, we specify the output functionality as the focusing of light to demonstrate our idea. We build a plasmonic lens that can focus light transmitting through an aperture of complicated geometric shape (other than a simple circular subwavelength aperture) in an opaque metal screen. It is well known for some years that milling grooves on the outgoing surface of a metal film can focus and collimate light emerging from a subwavelength hole [7

7. H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

13

13. J.-X. Fu, Y.-L. Hua, Y.-H. Chen, R.-J. Liu, J.-F. Li, and Z.-Y. Li, “Systematic study on visible light collimation by nanostructured slits in the metal surface,” Chin. Phys. B 20(3), 037806 (2011). [CrossRef]

]. As an application, Capasso’s group integrated these structures on the output surface of semiconductor lasers and greatly reduced the light-emitting angular divergence [11

11. N. F. Yu, J. Fan, Q. J. Wang, C. Pflugl, L. Diehl, T. Edamura, M. Yamanishi, H. Kan, and F. Capasso, “Small-divergence semiconductor lasers by plasmonic collimation,” Nat. Photonics 2(9), 564–570 (2008). [CrossRef]

,12

12. N. F. Yu, R. Blanchard, J. Fan, Q. J. Wang, C. Pflugl, L. Diehl, T. Edamura, S. Furuta, M. Yamanishi, H. Kan, and F. Capasso, “Plasmonics for Laser Beam Shaping,” IEEE Trans. NanoTechnol. 9(1), 11–29 (2010). [CrossRef]

]. The prospect of integrating plasmonic structures to shape the output beams of semiconductor lasers was therefore expected and demonstrated in Refs [11

11. N. F. Yu, J. Fan, Q. J. Wang, C. Pflugl, L. Diehl, T. Edamura, M. Yamanishi, H. Kan, and F. Capasso, “Small-divergence semiconductor lasers by plasmonic collimation,” Nat. Photonics 2(9), 564–570 (2008). [CrossRef]

,12

12. N. F. Yu, R. Blanchard, J. Fan, Q. J. Wang, C. Pflugl, L. Diehl, T. Edamura, S. Furuta, M. Yamanishi, H. Kan, and F. Capasso, “Plasmonics for Laser Beam Shaping,” IEEE Trans. NanoTechnol. 9(1), 11–29 (2010). [CrossRef]

]. However, by now these researches are limited to apertures of the simplest shape, i.e., a narrow slit which was treated as a line, and a tiny hole which was treated as a point. For the case of a slit, the structure was usually taken as a two-dimensional (2D) case and only the light confinement along the short axis could be realized. In this paper, we show that the light from a slit, which is usually treated as a 2D structure, can also be confined in three dimensions. In other words, we can use a specially designed plasmonic lens to achieve three-dimensional (3D) focusing of light transmitting through such a slit on a spot. With this exotic lens placed at the exit plane of semiconductor lasers, the ordinary output slit beam can be shaped into a 3D focusing spot in the Fresnel zone.

In our experimental demonstration, we build these plasmonic samples with their surface morphology of grooves perforated on a silver thin film directly determined according to the SWH method, and the 632.8 nm light emerging from a slit (11 × 0.12 μm2) or a micro rectangular hole (3 × 0.12 μm2) can be focused to a point located at 7 μm above the silver surface by these plasmonic lenses. We perform the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations and the scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) experiments to evaluate the performance of these exotic plasmonic lenses. Good agreement between both numerical and experimental results with the pre-designated functionality strongly supports the feasibility of our idea and also further confirms the efficiency of the SWH method in shaping complicated input wavefront of surface plasmons into a given optical functionality.

2. Principal steps of SWH to design holographic plasmonic lens

As has been discussed in Refs [19

19. Y. H. Chen, J. X. Fu, and Z. Y. Li, “Surface wave holography on designing subwavelength metallic structures,” Opt. Express 19(24), 23908–23920 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

, 20

20. Y. H. Chen, L. Huang, L. Gan, and Z. Y. Li, “Wavefront shaping of infrared light through a subwavelength hole,” Light: Sci. Appl. 1(8), e26 (2012). [CrossRef]

], the SWH has borrowed the concept from the conventional optical holography and also involves the writing and reading processes of the object wave with the aid of the reference wave. But different from the conventional optical holography, the reference wave is now a confined plasmonic wave excited by illumination of the aperture and propagating outwards away from the aperture, instead of the usual plane wave. Figure 1
Fig. 1 The three steps of the surface-wave-holography method. (a) The wavefront of the objective wave U0. Place a point source with x polarization at (0, 0, 7) μm, calculate its propagation and store the field distribution at z = 0 μm as U0. (b) The wavefront of the reference wave Ur. An x-polarized incident light is shined to an aperture in a 240-nm-thick silver film. The field distribution immediately above the surface of the silver film is stored as Ur. (c) The designed sample. Grooves are fabricated at positions where the phase of U0Ur equals 2mπ.
illustrates the three principal steps involved in the determination of the morphology of the perforated grooves for a complex input plasmonic wave emanating from the slit. As detailed in the literatures [19

19. Y. H. Chen, J. X. Fu, and Z. Y. Li, “Surface wave holography on designing subwavelength metallic structures,” Opt. Express 19(24), 23908–23920 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

, 20

20. Y. H. Chen, L. Huang, L. Gan, and Z. Y. Li, “Wavefront shaping of infrared light through a subwavelength hole,” Light: Sci. Appl. 1(8), e26 (2012). [CrossRef]

], we need the information of the object wave and the reference wave to determine the plasmonic holographic structure.

As what we are concerned is the 3D focusing effect at a preset position, i.e., 7 μm above the metallic surface, so the object wave is the outgoing propagating wave of a point source located at z = 7 μm. Notice that for 2D focusing functionality, the source would be a line source. The field pattern of this object wave at the metal surface is determined by rigorous FDTD calculations. In our FDTD simulation, an x-polarized (the coordinates is defined according to the fabricated sample, as shown in Section 3) point source is placed at z = 7 μm and the field distribution of the x component of the electric field at z = 0 μm (the outgoing surface of metal plate) is stored as U0, as shown in Fig. 1(a). Then, we extract the phase distribution of U0 and denoted it as ϕ0(x,y). As for the reference wave, we use a light beam to illuminate a hole of complex shape (now a slit or a line aperture) to get the complex-pattern surface waves. Some structure details of such a hole must have the subwavelength scale in order to efficiently excite the surface waves.

In our FDTD simulation, we use a plane wave to shine the hole on a silver film and the field distribution (also the x component of electric field) immediately above the metallic surface is stored as the reference wave Ur, whose phase term is ϕr(x,y). In our numerical studies, the optical permittivity data of silver are taken from Ref [21

21. P. B. Johnson and R. W. Christy, “Optical-Constants of Noble-Metals,” Phys. Rev. B 6(12), 4370–4379 (1972). [CrossRef]

]. and input into the FDTD simulations. According to the SWH method, we pattern grooves at positions where ϕ0(x,y) + ϕr(x,y)-2 = 0 (m is an integer). In practice we divided the sample plane into 20 × 20 nm2 pixels and used the criterion | ϕ0 + ϕr-2<0.25| to decide which pixel should be etched (more technical details can be found in the literatures [19

19. Y. H. Chen, J. X. Fu, and Z. Y. Li, “Surface wave holography on designing subwavelength metallic structures,” Opt. Express 19(24), 23908–23920 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

, 20

20. Y. H. Chen, L. Huang, L. Gan, and Z. Y. Li, “Wavefront shaping of infrared light through a subwavelength hole,” Light: Sci. Appl. 1(8), e26 (2012). [CrossRef]

]). The hole-excited surface waves are scattered by these grooves and propagat in the free space above the silver plate. Due to the constructive interference of the scattered waves, a focal spot appear in the preset position if the morphology of the groove patterns is appropriate.

3. Results of the slit sample

The first example of our study is focusing the light emerging from an 11 × 0.12 μm2 slit into a point at 7 μm above the surface. In experiment, a silver film with a thickness of 240 nm is deposited on a SiO2 substrate (with a refractive index of 1.55) by magnetron sputtering, and then patterned by focused ion beam lithography. By controlling the dwell time of the focused ion beam milling, only the hole is penetrable, and the grooves are approximately 80 nm deep. The scanning-electron-microscopy (SEM) picture of the fabricated sample is shown in Fig. 2(a)
Fig. 2 (a) The SEM photo of the slit sample. The measured size of the slit is 11.10 × 0.15 μm2 (the value in design is 11 × 0.12 μm2). The measured x scale of the structure is 12.18 ± 0.02 μm, and the y scale is 12.14 ± 0.02 μm (both are 12 μm in design). Shown in the bottom is a scale bar of 2 μm. (b) The simulated field distribution of the surface waves excited by an 11 × 0.12 μm slit.Note that the silver surface in (b) is not patterned with grooves . (c) The simulated field distributions at z = 7 μm above the patterned slit sample. The calculated intensities in (b) and (c) are normalized to the incident wave intensity.
. We define that the x axis is parallel to the short axes of the slit, the y axis is parallel to the long axes [as depicted in Fig. 2(a)], z axis is normal to them with its positive direction pointing out of the page, and the coordinate origin (0, 0, 0) is located at the center of the slit. Usually, such a slit is treated as a 2D case in practice because the length is two orders of magnitude larger than the width. However, it can be seen in Fig. 2(b) that the surface waves excited by an 11 × 0.12 μm2 slit in a silver film has a complex distribution, and this makes the wavefront shaping into a 3D focusing spot a very difficult task in the framework of usual inverse problem solution, which would request very complicated and time-consuming electromagnetic computations. Yet, it is an ordinary processing in the framework of SWH to deal with these complex surface waves, showing the great advantage of this direct method.

According to our design, if we illuminate the patterned sample in Fig. 2(a) with a 632.8 nm laser from the side without grooves (the side where z<0), a focal spot located at (0, 0, 7) μm is expected. This is indeed confirmed by our FDTD simulation results as shown in Fig. 2(c). In experiment, in order to monitor the focusing effect of the structure, we use a SNOM, whose probe aperture is approximately 100 nm, to scan the field distributions at different heights above the sample surface. The sample is fixed in a stage which can move precisely in z direction, so that the SNOM probe which scans the signals at a fixed plane can give the field distributions at different heights. As the probe moves outward from the surface, we expect that the light is first focused to a point approximately at z = 7 μm (the designed position) and then is defocused.

These expected pictures are indeed observed in the SNOM experiment, with the measurement results of field intensity distribution patterns shown in Fig. 3
Fig. 3 The SNOM measured field distributions at different heights above the slit sample. Heights are from z = 0.5 μm to z = 10 μm, as noted. The scan areas of all experimental pictures shown here are 20 × 20 μm2 (note that the milled structure is approximately 12 × 12 μm2). The absolute measured intensity (in arbitrary units) of a photomultiplier is shown here.
. When the scanned plane is close enough to the sample surface, the field distribution is much the same as the shape of the etched slit (Fig. 3, z = 0.5 μm). Then the transmitted field is diffracted as the monitor plane moves outward from the sample surface. At these heights, the detected field is spread and therefore the maximal intensity is reduced (Fig. 3, z = 0.5 μm ~z = 4.5 μm). When z comes near to 7 μm, the constructive interference of the grooves-scattered waves becomes dominant and a clear focus can be recognized. It is interesting that this focus is confined more tightly in y direction than in x direction. It has a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 0.58 μm in y direction and a FWHM of 1.63 μm in x direction. For reference, we write down the Rayleigh criterion of a conventional refractive lens: d = 1.22λf/D, where d is the diameter of the focal spot, λ is the wavelength of the laser, f is the focus length, and D is the diameter of the lens' aperture. Directly substituting the parameters of our planer lens, i.e., λ = 632.8 nm, f = 7 μm, and D = 12 μm, into this equation gives a diameter of the focal spot of our lens, which is d = 0.45 μm. It is also worth noting that the maximal intensity in z = 7 μm is even higher than the maximum intensity in z = 0.5 μm (where the detected plane is close enough to the surface). As the scanned plane continues to move outward, this tightly confined focus is spread in both the x and the y directions, as shown in Fig. 3, z = 10 μm. By now, we have demonstrated that the light transmitting through a slit whose width is much smaller than the wavelength in a silver film can be focused to a point with confinement in both the x direction and the y direction by designing and building a holographic plasmonic lens around the slit.

To provide more insight of this focusing effect, the field evolutions in the z direction, i.e., the field images at the x = 0 yz plane and the y = 0 xz plane, are shown in Fig. 4
Fig. 4 The field evolutions in the z direction. (a) The simulated and (b) the experimental field distributions in the x = 0 yz plane. (c) The simulated and (d) the experimental field distributions in the y = 0 xz plane. In the simulated figures (a) and (c), the calculated intensities are normalized to the incident waves, while the intensities shown in the experimental figures (b) and (d) are normalized by the divided-by-maximum method.
. In the simulation results as displayed in Fig. 4(a) and 4(b), a rice-shaped hot spot with its maximum intensity at z = 6.7 μm is clearly recognized, which fits quite well with our design (z = 7 μm). Similar images are also obtained in the SNOM experiment, as shown in Fig. 4(c) and 4(d). The focus in the SNOM experiment is located at z = 7.5 μm, which is slightly different from the simulated value (6.7 μm). This difference is attributed to the deviation of the fabricated structure from the simulated structure, especially the deviation in the width of the slit, whose value in the fabricated sample is 0.15 μm whereas in simulation is 0.12 μm (the simulated value is the same as the design value). These rice-shaped maxima in Fig. 4 indicate that the focusing depth of the fabricated structure is approximately 2.5 μm, which is relatively large when compared with the FWHM of the focus. Such an ability of plasmonic lenses to focus light in a range of distance has also been demonstrated in Ref [18

18. S. Thongrattanasiri, D. C. Adams, D. Wasserman, and V. A. Podolskiy, “Multiscale beam evolution and shaping in corrugated plasmonic systems,” Opt. Express 19(10), 9269–9281 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

, 19

19. Y. H. Chen, J. X. Fu, and Z. Y. Li, “Surface wave holography on designing subwavelength metallic structures,” Opt. Express 19(24), 23908–23920 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. From Fig. 4(c) and 4(d), we can see that the experimental images are tilted approximately at an angle of 5 degrees, and this is ascribed to that the probe is not exactly vertical to the scanned plane (in another word, the probe is titled). Note that the scanned plane is well adjusted according to the sample surface so that the angle between the scanned plane and the sample surface is negligible, namely, they are parallel to each other. The good agreement between the experimental results and the simulated results confirms the focusing effect of the holographic plasmonic lens and again support the power of the SWH method in handling complicated wavefront shaping problems.

4.Results of the micro-rectangle-hole sample

To further demonstrate the power of the SWH direct method, we make another design, simulation and experiment, which show that the 632.8 nm light transmitting through a micro rectangular hole, whose size in design is 3 × 0.12 μm2 and in fabricated sample is 3.22 × 0.15 μm2, can also be focused to a preset point. Strictly adhering to the steps described in Fig. 1 of SWH and using a micro-rectangular hole on a silver film to calculate the reference surface wave Ur, we find the morphology of the perforated grooves on the silver film for the holographic plasmonic lens. Based on the design we fabricate the micro-hole sample, whose SEM image is shown in Fig. 5(a)
Fig. 5 (a)The SEM photo of the fabricated micro-hole sample. A scale bar of 2 μm is shown in the bottom. The area with structure are (12.17 ± 0.04) × (12.17 ± 0.02) μm2, whose value in design is 12 × 12 μm2. (b) The simulated field distribution of the surface waves excited by a 3 × 0.12 μm slit.Note that the silver surface in (b) is not patterned with grooves. (c) The field distributions at z = 7 μm above the micro-hole sample. The caculated intensities are normalized to the incident wave.
. We can see the complex profile of the surface waves excited by such a hole in Fig. 5(b). When patterned with the SWH structures, a focus is expected in z = 7 μm according to the FDTD simulation as shown in Fig. 5(c).

Figure 6
Fig. 6 The SNOM measured field distributions at different heights above the slit sample. Heights are from z = 0.5 μm to z = 10 μm, as noted. The scan areas of all experimental pictures shown here are 20 × 20 μm2. The absolute measured intensity (in arbitrary units) of a photomultiplier is shown here.
shows our SNOM-experiment results of this sample. Again, the light waves is first focused and then defocused and a focal spot can be recognized in z = 6 μm, which differs from the designed value z = 7 μm. Besides, the focal effect of this rectangular-aperture sample is not as good as the slit one (Fig. 3). The reasons of them are the deviation of the reference surface wave excited in the experiment structure (by a hole of 0.15 μm width in fabricated sample) and the surface wave excited in the design structure (by a hole of 0.12 μm width in simulation). In the slit sample, due to the much longer scale in y direction, the surface wave depends on the width weakly. However, if the y scale is shrunk to 3 μm, the change of the width (e.g., from 0.12 μm to 0.15 μm) will change much the distribution of the excited surface wave and, therefore, the focusing effect and performance. The difference between the measured focal height and the designed value is ascribed to the reference surface wave excited in the experiment (by a hole of 0.15 μm width in fabricated sample) is significantly different from that excited in the design (by a hole of 0.12 μm width in simulation). Thus far, we have demonstrated the power of the SWH method on designing a plasmonic structure that allows the 3D focusing of complex input surface waves emanating from a slit or rectangular hole with a large aspect ratio to a preset point. For the case of the light from a hole of other complicated shapes, e.g., a C-shaped hole [22

22. J. W. Lee, M. A. Seo, D. S. Kim, J. H. Kang, and Q. H. Park, “Polarization dependent transmission through asymmetric C-shaped holes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 94(8), 081102 (2009). [CrossRef]

], an H-shape hole [23

23. M. Sun, R. J. Liu, Z. Y. Li, B. Y. Cheng, D. Z. Zhang, H. F. Yang, and A. Z. Jin, “Enhanced near-infrared transmission through periodic H-shaped arrays,” Phys. Lett. A 365(5-6), 510–513 (2007). [CrossRef]

] and a bow-tie aperture [24

24. Y. M. Wu, L. W. Li, and B. Liu, “Gold Bow-Tie Shaped Aperture Nanoantenna: Wide Band Near-field Resonance and Far-Field Radiation,” IEEE Trans. Magn. 46(6), 1918–1921 (2010). [CrossRef]

], we can still expect the similar functionality of 3D focusing by fabricating the corresponding SWH structures.

5. Summary

Acknowledgment

This research was supported by the 973 Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB632704), the Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61177089 and 61227014).

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S. I. Bozhevolnyi, V. S. Volkov, E. Devaux, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Channel plasmon-polariton guiding by subwavelength metal grooves,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95(4), 046802 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

6.

S. I. Bozhevolnyi, V. S. Volkov, E. Devaux, J. Y. Laluet, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Channel plasmon subwavelength waveguide components including interferometers and ring resonators,” Nature 440(7083), 508–511 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

7.

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

8.

L. Martín-Moreno, F. J. García-Vidal, H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Theory of highly directional emission from a single subwavelength aperture surrounded by surface corrugations,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 90(16), 167401 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

9.

B. Lee, S. Kim, H. Kim, and Y. Lim, “The use of plasmonics in light beaming and focusing,” Prog. Quantum Electron. 34(2), 47–87 (2010). [CrossRef]

10.

S. Kim, H. Kim, Y. Lim, and B. Lee, “Off-axis directional beaming of optical field diffracted by a single subwavelength metal slit with asymmetric dielectric surface gratings,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 90(5), 051113 (2007). [CrossRef]

11.

N. F. Yu, J. Fan, Q. J. Wang, C. Pflugl, L. Diehl, T. Edamura, M. Yamanishi, H. Kan, and F. Capasso, “Small-divergence semiconductor lasers by plasmonic collimation,” Nat. Photonics 2(9), 564–570 (2008). [CrossRef]

12.

N. F. Yu, R. Blanchard, J. Fan, Q. J. Wang, C. Pflugl, L. Diehl, T. Edamura, S. Furuta, M. Yamanishi, H. Kan, and F. Capasso, “Plasmonics for Laser Beam Shaping,” IEEE Trans. NanoTechnol. 9(1), 11–29 (2010). [CrossRef]

13.

J.-X. Fu, Y.-L. Hua, Y.-H. Chen, R.-J. Liu, J.-F. Li, and Z.-Y. Li, “Systematic study on visible light collimation by nanostructured slits in the metal surface,” Chin. Phys. B 20(3), 037806 (2011). [CrossRef]

14.

A. Drezet, C. Genet, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Miniature plasmonic wave plates,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 101(4), 043902 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

15.

L. Verslegers, P. B. Catrysse, Z. F. Yu, J. S. White, E. S. Barnard, M. L. Brongersma, and S. H. Fan, “Planar Lenses Based on Nanoscale Slit Arrays in a Metallic Film,” Nano Lett. 9(1), 235–238 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

16.

L. Lin, X. M. Goh, L. P. McGuinness, and A. Roberts, “Plasmonic Lenses Formed by Two-Dimensional Nanometric Cross-Shaped Aperture Arrays for Fresnel-Region Focusing,” Nano Lett. 10(5), 1936–1940 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

17.

T. Tanemura, K. C. Balram, D. S. Ly-Gagnon, P. Wahl, J. S. White, M. L. Brongersma, and D. A. B. Miller, “Multiple-wavelength focusing of surface plasmons with a nonperiodic nanoslit coupler,” Nano Lett. 11(7), 2693–2698 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

18.

S. Thongrattanasiri, D. C. Adams, D. Wasserman, and V. A. Podolskiy, “Multiscale beam evolution and shaping in corrugated plasmonic systems,” Opt. Express 19(10), 9269–9281 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

19.

Y. H. Chen, J. X. Fu, and Z. Y. Li, “Surface wave holography on designing subwavelength metallic structures,” Opt. Express 19(24), 23908–23920 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

20.

Y. H. Chen, L. Huang, L. Gan, and Z. Y. Li, “Wavefront shaping of infrared light through a subwavelength hole,” Light: Sci. Appl. 1(8), e26 (2012). [CrossRef]

21.

P. B. Johnson and R. W. Christy, “Optical-Constants of Noble-Metals,” Phys. Rev. B 6(12), 4370–4379 (1972). [CrossRef]

22.

J. W. Lee, M. A. Seo, D. S. Kim, J. H. Kang, and Q. H. Park, “Polarization dependent transmission through asymmetric C-shaped holes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 94(8), 081102 (2009). [CrossRef]

23.

M. Sun, R. J. Liu, Z. Y. Li, B. Y. Cheng, D. Z. Zhang, H. F. Yang, and A. Z. Jin, “Enhanced near-infrared transmission through periodic H-shaped arrays,” Phys. Lett. A 365(5-6), 510–513 (2007). [CrossRef]

24.

Y. M. Wu, L. W. Li, and B. Liu, “Gold Bow-Tie Shaped Aperture Nanoantenna: Wide Band Near-field Resonance and Far-Field Radiation,” IEEE Trans. Magn. 46(6), 1918–1921 (2010). [CrossRef]

25.

I. Dolev, I. Epstein, and A. Arie, “Surface-plasmon holographic beam shaping,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109(20), 203903 (2012). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

26.

P. Genevet, J. Lin, M. A. Kats, and F. Capasso, “Holographic detection of the orbital angular momentum of light with plasmonic photodiodes,” Nat Commun 3, 1278 (2012). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

OCIS Codes
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(240.3990) Optics at surfaces : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: June 20, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 8, 2013
Published: July 15, 2013

Citation
Yu-Hui Chen, Mingqian Zhang, Lin Gan, Xiaoyu Wu, Lin Sun, Ju Liu, Jia Wang, and Zhi-Yuan Li, "Holographic plasmonic lenses for surface plasmons with complex wavefront profile," Opt. Express 21, 17558-17566 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-15-17558


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  22. J. W. Lee, M. A. Seo, D. S. Kim, J. H. Kang, and Q. H. Park, “Polarization dependent transmission through asymmetric C-shaped holes,” Appl. Phys. Lett.94(8), 081102 (2009). [CrossRef]
  23. M. Sun, R. J. Liu, Z. Y. Li, B. Y. Cheng, D. Z. Zhang, H. F. Yang, and A. Z. Jin, “Enhanced near-infrared transmission through periodic H-shaped arrays,” Phys. Lett. A365(5-6), 510–513 (2007). [CrossRef]
  24. Y. M. Wu, L. W. Li, and B. Liu, “Gold Bow-Tie Shaped Aperture Nanoantenna: Wide Band Near-field Resonance and Far-Field Radiation,” IEEE Trans. Magn.46(6), 1918–1921 (2010). [CrossRef]
  25. I. Dolev, I. Epstein, and A. Arie, “Surface-plasmon holographic beam shaping,” Phys. Rev. Lett.109(20), 203903 (2012). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  26. P. Genevet, J. Lin, M. A. Kats, and F. Capasso, “Holographic detection of the orbital angular momentum of light with plasmonic photodiodes,” Nat Commun3, 1278 (2012). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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