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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2005
  • pp: 884–886

Surface plasmon rainbow jets

A. Bouhelier and G. P. Wiederrecht  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 8, pp. 884-886 (2005)

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A new method for optically exciting and visualizing surface plasmons in thin metal films is described. The technique relies on the use of a high-numerical-aperture objective lens to locally launch a broad wavelength spectrum of surface waves and to detect the leaky radiative modes associated with them. We used this approach to obtain a direct visualization of the plasmon intensity distributions, e.g., rainbow jets, and to quantify their propagation lengths throughout the visible spectrum.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(300.6550) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, visible
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

A. Bouhelier and G. P. Wiederrecht, "Surface plasmon rainbow jets," Opt. Lett. 30, 884-886 (2005)

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