Abstract

Localized surface plasmon polaritons (SSPs) have been observed on very small aperture lasers using apertureless near-field microscopy. Fields around multiple apertures are shown to result from interferences of SPP point sources at each aperture and optical fields. The near-field optical pattern around a single aperture indicates the interference of SPPs with their scattered counterparts. Near-field measurements also confirmed a preferred orientation of the rectangular aperture waveguide for the signal localization in very small aperture lasers.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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