Abstract

We report the fabrication and characterization of laterally continuous silver layers alternated with glassy amorphous polycarbonate films with the thickness of each layer much less than the wavelength. Such films exhibit physical phenomena associated with the coupled plasmon resonances. We have characterized light propagation through the resulting metal-dielectric (MD) periodic structures using collection mode Near Field Scanning Optical Microscopy (NSOM). In agreement with published theoretical models, our experiments provide evidence that diffraction can be inhibited for light propagating through metallodielectric nanolaminate.

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2006 (2)

P. T. Rakich, M. S. Dahlem, S. Tandon, M. Ibanescu, M. Soljačić, G. S. Petrich, J. D. Joannopoulos, L. A. Kolodziejski, and ErichP. Ippen, "Achieving centimetre-scale supercollimation in a large-area two-dimensional photonic crystal," Nat. Mater. 5, 93 (2006).
[CrossRef]

S. Feng and J. M. Elson, "Diffraction-suppressed high-resolution imaging through metallodielectric nanofilms," Opt Express 14, 216 (2006);B. Wood, J. B. Pendry, and D. P. Tsai, "Directed subwavelength imaging using a layered metal-dielectric system," Phys. Rev. B 74, 115116 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005 (2)

M. Augustin, R. Iliew, C. Etrich, D. Schelle, H.-J. Fuchs, U. Peschel, S. Nolte, E.-B. Kley, F. Lederer, and A. Tünnermann, "Self-guiding of infrared and visible light in photonic crystal slabs," Appl Phys B 81, 313 (2005).
[CrossRef]

O. Manela, M. Segev, and D. N. Christodoulides, "Nondiffracting beams in periodic media," Opt. Lett. 30, 2611 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

2003 (1)

S. A. Ramakrishna, J. B. Pendry, M. C. K. Wiltshire, and W. J. Stewart, "Imaging the near field," J. Mod. Opt.,  50, 1419-1430 (2003);D. O. S. Melville and R. J. Blaikie, "Experimental comparison of resolution and pattern fidelity in single- and double-layer planar lens lithography," J. Opt. Soc Am. B,  23, 461-467 (2006);D. O. S. Melville and R. J. Blaikie, "Analysis and optimization of multilayer silver superlenses for near-field optical lithography," Physica B 394, 197-202 (2007).

2002 (1)

G. Zuccarello, D. Scribner, R. Sands, L. J. Buckley, "Materials for bio-inspired optics," Adv. Mater. 14, 1261 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2000 (1)

J. B. Pendry, "Negative refraction makes a perfect lens," Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3966-3969 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Adv. Mater. (1)

G. Zuccarello, D. Scribner, R. Sands, L. J. Buckley, "Materials for bio-inspired optics," Adv. Mater. 14, 1261 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Appl Phys B (1)

M. Augustin, R. Iliew, C. Etrich, D. Schelle, H.-J. Fuchs, U. Peschel, S. Nolte, E.-B. Kley, F. Lederer, and A. Tünnermann, "Self-guiding of infrared and visible light in photonic crystal slabs," Appl Phys B 81, 313 (2005).
[CrossRef]

J. Mod. Opt. (1)

S. A. Ramakrishna, J. B. Pendry, M. C. K. Wiltshire, and W. J. Stewart, "Imaging the near field," J. Mod. Opt.,  50, 1419-1430 (2003);D. O. S. Melville and R. J. Blaikie, "Experimental comparison of resolution and pattern fidelity in single- and double-layer planar lens lithography," J. Opt. Soc Am. B,  23, 461-467 (2006);D. O. S. Melville and R. J. Blaikie, "Analysis and optimization of multilayer silver superlenses for near-field optical lithography," Physica B 394, 197-202 (2007).

Nat. Mater. (1)

P. T. Rakich, M. S. Dahlem, S. Tandon, M. Ibanescu, M. Soljačić, G. S. Petrich, J. D. Joannopoulos, L. A. Kolodziejski, and ErichP. Ippen, "Achieving centimetre-scale supercollimation in a large-area two-dimensional photonic crystal," Nat. Mater. 5, 93 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt Express (1)

S. Feng and J. M. Elson, "Diffraction-suppressed high-resolution imaging through metallodielectric nanofilms," Opt Express 14, 216 (2006);B. Wood, J. B. Pendry, and D. P. Tsai, "Directed subwavelength imaging using a layered metal-dielectric system," Phys. Rev. B 74, 115116 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

J. B. Pendry, "Negative refraction makes a perfect lens," Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3966-3969 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

S. Kwon, P. Kim, W. Chang, and S. Jeong, "Fabrication of nano dot and line arrays using NSOM Lithography," Proceedings of 2nd International Symposium on Nanomanufacturing, pp.252-255, November 3-5 2004 Daejon Korea.

M. J. Roberts, A. Guenthner, G. Lindsay, and S. Feng, "Fabrication of Multilayer Metal-Dielectric Nanofilms for Coupled Plasmon Resonant Devices", in Negative Index Materials -- From Microwave to Optical, S-Y. Wang, N.X. Fang, L. Thylen, and M.S. Islam, eds., Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 919E, Warrendale, PA, 2006), 0919-J02-06.

M. Madou, Fundamentals of Microfabrication, CRC Press, Boca Raton 98-99, (1997).

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