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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2048–2050

Simple demonstration of visible evanescent-wave enhancement with far-field detection

Emily A. Ray, Meredith J. Hampton, and Rene Lopez  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 13, pp. 2048-2050 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002048


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Abstract

We demonstrate the fabrication of a simple metamaterial-diffraction grating device that both amplifies and converts evanescent waves into propagating ones. This is the most accessible example of such phenomena reported until now (to our knowledge), as it requires few thin film layers, operates in the visible, and can be probed with traditional optics. The metamaterial exhibits amplification of evanescent waves generated from total internal reflection. The device was fabricated over 1 cm 2 using pulsed-laser deposition and a pattern-replication technique.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(100.6640) Image processing : Superresolution
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Image Processing

History
Original Manuscript: February 17, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 23, 2009
Published: June 29, 2009

Citation
Emily A. Ray, Meredith J. Hampton, and Rene Lopez, "Simple demonstration of visible evanescent-wave enhancement with far-field detection," Opt. Lett. 34, 2048-2050 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-13-2048


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