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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2012
  • pp: 3402–3404

Controlling plasmonic hot spots by interfering Airy beams

Angela E. Klein, Alexander Minovich, Michael Steinert, Norik Janunts, Andreas Tünnermann, Dragomir N. Neshev, Yuri S. Kivshar, and Thomas Pertsch  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 16, pp. 3402-3404 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.003402


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Abstract

We predict and demonstrate the generation of a plasmonic hot spot on the surface of a metal film by the interference of two Airy surface plasmons. We show that the position of the hot spot can be controlled by the distance between the excitation gratings as well as by the phase front of the initial excitation. The observed effect constitutes a planar analogy to Airy beam autofocusing and offers new opportunities for spatially resolved surface plasmon sensing and optical surface tweezers.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: May 14, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 2, 2012
Published: August 8, 2012

Citation
Angela E. Klein, Alexander Minovich, Michael Steinert, Norik Janunts, Andreas Tünnermann, Dragomir N. Neshev, Yuri S. Kivshar, and Thomas Pertsch, "Controlling plasmonic hot spots by interfering Airy beams," Opt. Lett. 37, 3402-3404 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-16-3402


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