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Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

| EXPLORING THE INTERFACE OF LIGHT AND BIOMEDICINE

  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 7 — Apr. 26, 2010

Full vectorial imaging of electromagnetic light at subwavelength scale

T. Grosjean, I. A. Ibrahim, M. A. Suarez, G. W. Burr, M. Mivelle, and D. Charraut  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 6, pp. 5809-5824 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.005809


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Abstract

We propose a concept of near-field imaging for the complete experimental description of the structure of light in three dimensions around nanodevices. It is based on a near-field microscope able to simultaneously map the distributions of two orthogonal electric-field components at the sample surface. From a single 2D acquisition of these two components, the complementary electric and magnetic field lines and Poynting vector distributions are reconstructed in a volume beneath the sample using rigorous numerical methods. The experimental analysis of localized electric and magnetic optical effects as well as energy flows at the subwavelength scale becomes possible. This work paves the way toward the development of a complete electromagnetic diagnostic of nano-optical devices and metamaterials.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(100.3010) Image processing : Image reconstruction techniques
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(240.5440) Optics at surfaces : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: October 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 9, 2010
Published: March 9, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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T. Grosjean, I. A. Ibrahim, M. A. Suarez, G. W. Burr, M. Mivelle, and D. Charraut, "Full vectorial imaging of electromagnetic light at subwavelength scale," Opt. Express 18, 5809-5824 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-6-5809


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