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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 3 — Feb. 29, 2012

Polarization-resolved two-photon luminescence microscopy of V-groove arrays

Jonas Beermann, Sergey M. Novikov, Tobias Holmgaard, René L. Eriksen, Ole Albrektsen, Kjeld Pedersen, and Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 654-662 (2012)

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Using two-photon luminescence (TPL) microscopy and local reflection spectroscopy we investigate electromagnetic field enhancement effects from a µm-sized composition of 450-nm-deep V-grooves milled by focused ion beam in a thick gold film and assembled to feature, within the same structure, individual V-grooves as well as one- and two-dimensional 300-nm-period arrays of, respectively, parallel and crossed V-grooves. We analyze TPL signal levels obtained at different spatial locations and with different combinations of excitation and detection polarizations, discovering that the TPL emitted from the V-grooves is polarized in the direction perpendicular to that of the V-grooves. This feature implies that the TPL occurs solely in the form of (p-polarized) surface plasmon modes and originates therefore from the very bottom of V-grooves, where no photonic modes exist. Implications of the results obtained to evaluation of local field enhancements using TPL microscopy, especially when investigating extended structures exhibiting different radiation channels, are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(240.4350) Optics at surfaces : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

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Original Manuscript: November 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 17, 2011
Published: December 23, 2011

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Vol. 7, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Jonas Beermann, Sergey M. Novikov, Tobias Holmgaard, René L. Eriksen, Ole Albrektsen, Kjeld Pedersen, and Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi, "Polarization-resolved two-photon luminescence microscopy of V-groove arrays," Opt. Express 20, 654-662 (2012)

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