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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2004
  • pp: 2187–2189

Femtosecond shaping of transverse and longitudinal light polarization

Tobias Brixner, Walter Pfeiffer, and F. Javier García de Abajo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 18, pp. 2187-2189 (2004)

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Femtosecond laser pulse shaping techniques have been restricted to propagating transverse electromagnetic waves. We present a scheme for pulse shaping of optical near fields based on the excitation of longitudinal electromagnetic fields with polarization-shaped light pulses. By solving Maxwell's equations for a model nanostructure, i.e., a scanning tunneling microscope tip, with help from the boundary-element method, we demonstrate that the electric field vector oscillates in a complex yet controllable fashion in three dimensions. Many applications are envisioned because literally another dimension in the optimal control of light–matter interaction is accessible.

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OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

Tobias Brixner, Walter Pfeiffer, and F. Javier García de Abajo, "Femtosecond shaping of transverse and longitudinal light polarization," Opt. Lett. 29, 2187-2189 (2004)

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