Abstract

Near-field properties of light emanated from a subwavelength double slit of finite length in a thin metal film, which is essential for understanding fundamental physical mechanisms for near-field optical beam manipulations and various potential nanophotonic device applications, is investigated by using a three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain method. Near-field intensity distribution along the propagation direction of light after passing through the slit has been obtained from the phase relation of transverse electric and magnetic fields and the wave impedance. It is found that the near field of emerged light from the both slits is evanescent, that is consistent with conventional surface plasmon localization near the metal surface. Due to the finite of the slit, the amplitude of this evanescent field does not monotonically approach to than of the infinite slit as the slit length increases, i.e. the near-field of the longer slit along the center line can be weaker than that of the shorter one.

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Y. Wang, L. L. Wang, J. Q. Liu, X. Zhai, L. Wang, D. Xiang, Q. Wan, and B. Meng, "Plasmonic surface-wave bidirectional splitter in different angles of incident light," Opt. Comm. 283, 1777-1779 (2010).
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[Crossref]

2009 (5)

K. R. Chen, K. Y. Kim, J. S. Hong, A. V. Goncharenko, and K. J. Lee, "Near-field characterization on light emanated from subwavelength plasmonic double slits," in Proc. 4th Int. Conf. Electromagnetic Near Field Characterization and Imaging (Taipei, Taiwan, 2009), pp. 219-223.

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2008 (3)

T. D. Visser and R. W. Schoonover, "A cascade of singular field patterns in Young"s interference experiment," Opt. Comm. 281, 1-6 (2008).
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J. Wuenschell and H. K. Kim, "Excitation and propagation of surface plasmons in metallic nanoslit structure," IEEE Trans. Nanotech. 7, 229-236 (2008).
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2007 (4)

R. Zia and M. L. Brongersma, "Surface plasmon polariton analogue to Young"s double-slit experiment," Nat. Nanotechnol. 2, 426-429 (2007).
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C. H. Gan, G. Gbur, and T. D. Visser, "Surface plasmons modulate the spatial coherence of light in Young"s interference experiment," Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 043908 (2007).
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2006 (2)

R. Welti, "Light transmission through two slits: the Young experiment revisited," J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 8, 606-609 (2006).
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2005 (3)

T. D. Visser, "Young"s interference experiment: the long and short of it," in Tribute to Emil Wolf: Science and Engineering Legacy of Physical Optics, T. P. Jannson ed. (SPIE, Bellingham, USA, 2005), Chapter 15.

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[Crossref]

M. Mansuripur, Y. Xie, A. R. Zakharian, and J. V. Moloney, "Transmission of light through slit apertures in metallic films," IEEE Trans. Magnetics 41, 1012-1015 (2005).
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2004 (2)

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1804 (1)

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Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

T. Xu, Y. Zhao, D. Gan, C. Wang, C. Du, and X. Luo, "Directional excitation of surface plasmons with subwavelength slits," Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 101501 (2008).
[Crossref]

Chin. Phys. Lett. (1)

Z. Li, J.-S. Zhang, H.-F. Yan, and Q.-H. Gong, "Complex modulation in plasmon-assited transmission spectra of a two-slit structure," Chin. Phys. Lett. 24, 3233-3236 (2007).
[Crossref]

Comp. Phys. Commun. (1)

A. F. Pskooi, D. Roundry, M. Ibanescu, P. Bermel, J. D. Joannopoulos, and S. G. Johnson, "MEEP: a flexible freesoftware package for electromagnetic simulations by the FDTD method," Comp. Phys. Commun. 181, 687-702 (2010).
[Crossref]

IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. (1)

K. S. Yee, "Numerical solution of initial boundary value problems involving Maxwell"s equations in isotropic media," IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. 14, 302-307 (1966).
[Crossref]

IEEE Trans. Magnetics (1)

M. Mansuripur, Y. Xie, A. R. Zakharian, and J. V. Moloney, "Transmission of light through slit apertures in metallic films," IEEE Trans. Magnetics 41, 1012-1015 (2005).
[Crossref]

IEEE Trans. Nanotech. (1)

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[Crossref]

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[Crossref]

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R. Gordon, "Near-field interference in a subwavelength double slit in a perfect conductor," J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 8, L1-L3 (2006).
[Crossref]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Nat. Nanotechnol. (1)

R. Zia and M. L. Brongersma, "Surface plasmon polariton analogue to Young"s double-slit experiment," Nat. Nanotechnol. 2, 426-429 (2007).
[Crossref]

Opt. Comm. (2)

Y. Wang, L. L. Wang, J. Q. Liu, X. Zhai, L. Wang, D. Xiang, Q. Wan, and B. Meng, "Plasmonic surface-wave bidirectional splitter in different angles of incident light," Opt. Comm. 283, 1777-1779 (2010).
[Crossref]

T. D. Visser and R. W. Schoonover, "A cascade of singular field patterns in Young"s interference experiment," Opt. Comm. 281, 1-6 (2008).
[Crossref]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. (1)

T. Young, "Experiments and calculations relative to physical optics," Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 94, 1-16 (1804).

Phys. Rev. Lett. (2)

H. F. Schouten, N. Kuzmin, G. Dubois, T. D. Visser, G. Gbur, P. F. A. Alkemade, H. Blok, G. W."t Hooft, D. Lenstra, and E. R. Eliel, "Plasmon-assisted two-slit transmission: Young"s experiment revisited," Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 053901 (2005).
[Crossref]

C. H. Gan, G. Gbur, and T. D. Visser, "Surface plasmons modulate the spatial coherence of light in Young"s interference experiment," Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 043908 (2007).
[Crossref]

Proc. 4th Int. Conf. Electromagnetic Near Field Characterization and Imaging (1)

K. R. Chen, K. Y. Kim, J. S. Hong, A. V. Goncharenko, and K. J. Lee, "Near-field characterization on light emanated from subwavelength plasmonic double slits," in Proc. 4th Int. Conf. Electromagnetic Near Field Characterization and Imaging (Taipei, Taiwan, 2009), pp. 219-223.

Other (6)

E. D. Palik, Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids (Academic Press, New York, USA, 1998).

K. R. Chen, W. H. Shu, H. C. Fang, C. P. Liu, C. H. Huang, H. C. Chui, C. H. Chuang, Y. L. Lo, C. Y. Lin, S. J. Chang, F. Y. Hung, H. H. Hwuang, and A. Y.-G. Huh, "Beyond-limit light focusing in the intermediate zone," arXiv:0901.1731.

T. D. Visser, "Young"s interference experiment: the long and short of it," in Tribute to Emil Wolf: Science and Engineering Legacy of Physical Optics, T. P. Jannson ed. (SPIE, Bellingham, USA, 2005), Chapter 15.

R. P. Feymann, R. L. Leighton, and M. Sanders, The Feymann Lectures on Physics (Addison-Wesley, MA, USA, 1965).

H. Raether, Surface Plasmons on Smooth and Rough Surfaces and on Gratings (Springer, New York, USA, 1988).

J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd ed. (John Wiley & Sons Inc., New York, USA, 1998).

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