Abstract

Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy is used to study the nature and efficiency of coupling between surface plasmon polaritons and free-space terahertz radiation by metallic gratings made from brass rods and a grooved aluminum plate. Reflection and transmission mode measurements indicate very rapid coupling and decoupling with > 70% efficiency after accounting for scattering. Results indicate a good match to theoretical coupling frequencies within the accuracy of the experimental setup.

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Nature (1)

W. Barnes, A. Dereux, and T. Ebbesen, ???Surface plasmon subwavelength optics,??? Nature 424, 824-830 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Phys. Rev. B (1)

J. Saxler, J. G´omez-Rivas, C. Janke, H. P. M. Pellemans, P. Haring-Bol´?var, and H. Kurz, ???Time-domain measurements of surface plasmon polaritons in the terahertz frequency range,??? Phys. Rev. B 69, 155427-1-4 (2004).

Proc. I.E.E. (1)

H. Barlow and A. Cullen, ???Surface waves,??? Proc. I.E.E. 100, 329-347 (1953).

Solid State Commun. (1)

J. Schoenwald, E. Burstein, and J. Elson, ???Propagation of surface polaritons over macroscopic distances at optical frequencies,??? Solid State Commun. 12, 185-189 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Surf. Sci. (1)

D. Begley, R. Alexander, C. Ward, R. Miller, and R. Bell, ???Propagation distances of surface electromagnetic waves in the far infrared,??? Surf. Sci. 81, 245-251 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

G. Zhizhin, M. Moskalova, E. Shomina, and V. Yakovlev, ???Surface Electromagnetic Wave Propagation on Metal Surfaces,??? in Surface Polaritons, V. Agronovich and D. Mills, eds. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1982), 93-144.

H. Raether, Surface Plasmons on Smooth and Rough Surfaces and on Gratings (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1988).

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