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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 1 — May. 1, 2011
  • pp: 46–56

Nonlinear chiral imaging of subwavelength-sized twisted-cross gold nanodimers [Invited]

Mikko J. Huttunen, Godofredo Bautista, Manuel Decker, Stefan Linden, Martin Wegener, and Martti Kauranen  »View Author Affiliations


Optical Materials Express, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 46-56 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OME.1.000046


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Abstract

We perform second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy with circularly polarized (CP) light to measure chirality of individual twisted-cross gold nanodimers. The chiral signatures, based on different SHG response for the two CP components of incident light, are clearly visible even with off-resonance excitation. The SHG responses of individual nanodimers are found to vary by about a factor of five. The technique thus has very high sensitivity to the nanoscale deformations of the structure. The chiral signatures of the dimers, however, are found to be more uniform, and the technique is thus able to recognize the handedness of the twisted nanodimers with high reliability.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

ToC Category:
Chiral Optical Materials

History
Original Manuscript: February 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 4, 2011
Published: April 22, 2011

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Mikko J. Huttunen, Godofredo Bautista, Manuel Decker, Stefan Linden, Martin Wegener, and Martti Kauranen, "Nonlinear chiral imaging of subwavelength-sized twisted-cross gold nanodimers [Invited]," Opt. Mater. Express 1, 46-56 (2011)
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