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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2008
  • pp: 575–577

Refractive and reflective behavior of polymer prisms used for surface plasmon guidance

Stefan Griesing, Andreas Englisch, and Uwe Hartmann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 6, pp. 575-577 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000575


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Abstract

Two-dimensional optics with surface plasmons was realized by the use of topographically structured dielectric polymer coatings. Triangles of polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA) with lateral dimensions of some tens of micrometers on top of a silver layer act as two-dimensional prisms for surface plasmons. Refraction and internal reflection of plasmons were investigated by scanning near-field optical microscopy. The change in propagation direction can be explained by Snell’s law when taking an effective refractive index for plasmons into account. Furthermore, intensity modulations in the PMMA elements and in the transmitted plasmon beam were observed.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications
(240.3990) Optics at surfaces : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: October 8, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 1, 2008
Published: March 12, 2008

Citation
Stefan Griesing, Andreas Englisch, and Uwe Hartmann, "Refractive and reflective behavior of polymer prisms used for surface plasmon guidance," Opt. Lett. 33, 575-577 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-6-575


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