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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2876–2878

Symmetry in the elementary scattering of surface plasmon polaritons and a generalized symmetry principle

Haitao Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 17, pp. 2876-2878 (2010)

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In the elementary scattering of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) at individual subwavelength (sub-λ) objects on metallic surfaces, the in-plane transmission and reflection of SPPs are shown to be two related scattering processes and to satisfy some novel symmetry relations, provided that the objects are mirror symmetric and are narrow enough ( < 0.1 λ approximately). To interpret these symmetry relations, a new generalized symmetry principle for the scattered field is put forward, which is much less limited than the classical one and is shown to have wide applications for other sub-λ scattering problems.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(290.5825) Scattering : Scattering theory
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2010
Published: August 19, 2010

Haitao Liu, "Symmetry in the elementary scattering of surface plasmon polaritons and a generalized symmetry principle," Opt. Lett. 35, 2876-2878 (2010)

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