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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2009
  • pp: 3911–3913

Polarization conversion spectroscopy of hybrid modes

A. Yu. Nikitin, David Artigas, Lluis Torner, F. J. García-Vidal, and L. Martín-Moreno  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 24, pp. 3911-3913 (2009)

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Enhanced polarization conversion in reflection for the Otto and Kretschmann configurations is introduced as a new method for hybrid-mode spectroscopy. Polarization conversion in reflection occurs when hybrid modes are excited in a guiding structure composed of at least one anisotropic medium. In contrast to a dark dip, in this case modes are associated with a peak in the converted reflectance spectrum, increasing the detection sensitivity and avoiding confusion with reflection dips associated with other processes, such as transmission.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: October 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 1, 2009
Published: December 15, 2009

A. Yu. Nikitin, David Artigas, Lluis Torner, F. J. García-Vidal, and L. Martín-Moreno, "Polarization conversion spectroscopy of hybrid modes," Opt. Lett. 34, 3911-3913 (2009)

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