Abstract

The design of optical transfer function (OTF) is of significant importance for optical information processing in various imaging and vision systems. Typically, OTF design relies on sophisticated bulk optical arrangement in the light path of the optical systems. In this letter, we demonstrate a surface-wave-interferometry aperture (SWIA) that can be directly incorporated onto optical sensors to accomplish OTF design on the pixel level. The whole aperture design is based on the bull’s eye structure. It composes of a central hole (diameter of 300 nm) and periodic groove (period of 560 nm) on a 340 nm thick gold layer. We show, with both simulation and experiment, that different types of optical transfer functions (notch, highpass and lowpass filter) can be achieved by manipulating the interference between the direct transmission of the central hole and the surface wave (SW) component induced from the periodic groove. Pixel level OTF design provides a low-cost, ultra robust, highly compact method for numerous applications such as optofluidic microscopy, wavefront detection, darkfield imaging, and computational photography.

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G. Zheng, X. Cui, and C. Yang, “Surface-wave-enabled darkfield aperture for background suppression during weak signal detection,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107(20), 9043–9048 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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J. B. Leen, P. Hansen, Y. T. Cheng, and L. Hesselink, “Improved focused ion beam fabrication of near-field apertures using a silicon nitride membrane,” Opt. Lett. 33(23), 2827–2829 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Laux, C. Genet, T. Skauli, and T. Ebbesen, “Plasmonic photon sorters for spectral and polarimetric imaging,” Nat. Photonics 2(3), 161–164 (2008).
[CrossRef]

H. Liu and P. Lalanne, “Microscopic theory of the extraordinary optical transmission,” Nature 452(7188), 728–731 (2008).
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B. Ung and Y. Sheng, “Optical surface waves over metallo-dielectric nanostructures: Sommerfeld integrals revisited,” Opt. Express 16(12), 9073–9086 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2007

D. Pacifici, H. Lezec, and H. Atwater, “All-optical modulation by plasmonic excitation of CdSe quantum dots,” Nat. Photonics 1(7), 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef]

P. Green, W. Sun, W. Matusik, and F. Durand, “Multi-aperture photography,” ACM Trans. Graph. 26(3), 68 (2007).
[CrossRef]

L. Aigouy, P. Lalanne, J. P. Hugonin, G. Julié, V. Mathet, and M. Mortier, “Near-field analysis of surface waves launched at nanoslit apertures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(15), 153902 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006

X. Heng, D. Erickson, L. R. Baugh, Z. Yaqoob, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Optofluidic microscopy--a method for implementing a high resolution optical microscope on a chip,” Lab Chip 6(10), 1274–1276 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Gay, O. Alloschery, B. Viaris de Lesegno, C. O’Dwyer, J. Weiner, and H. J. Lezec, “The optical response of nanostructured surfaces and the composite diffracted evanescent wave model,” Nat. Phys. 2(4), 262–267 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Lalanne and J. Hugonin, “Interaction between optical nano-objects at metallo-dielectric interfaces,” Nat. Phys. 2(8), 551–556 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2004

H. Lezec and T. Thio, “Diffracted evanescent wave model for enhanced and suppressed optical transmission through subwavelength hole arrays,” Opt. Express 12(16), 3629–3651 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2003

F. J. Garcı́a-Vidal, L. Martı́n-Moreno, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Focusing light with a single subwavelength aperture flanked by surface corrugations,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(22), 4500 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Thio, H. Lezec, T. Ebbesen, K. Pellerin, G. Lewen, A. Nahata, and R. Linke, “Giant optical transmission of sub-wavelength apertures: physics and applications,” Nanotechnology 13(3), 429–432 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001

T. Thio, K. M. Pellerin, R. A. Linke, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Enhanced light transmission through a single subwavelength aperture,” Opt. Lett. 26(24), 1972–1974 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1998

T. Ebbesen, H. Lezec, H. Ghaemi, T. Thio, and P. Wolff, “Extraordinary optical transmission through sub-wavelength hole arrays,” Nature 391(6668), 667–669 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Aigouy, L.

L. Aigouy, P. Lalanne, J. P. Hugonin, G. Julié, V. Mathet, and M. Mortier, “Near-field analysis of surface waves launched at nanoslit apertures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(15), 153902 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Alloschery, O.

G. Gay, O. Alloschery, B. Viaris de Lesegno, C. O’Dwyer, J. Weiner, and H. J. Lezec, “The optical response of nanostructured surfaces and the composite diffracted evanescent wave model,” Nat. Phys. 2(4), 262–267 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Atwater, H.

D. Pacifici, H. Lezec, and H. Atwater, “All-optical modulation by plasmonic excitation of CdSe quantum dots,” Nat. Photonics 1(7), 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Austin, R.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bakajin, O.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Baugh, L. R.

X. Heng, D. Erickson, L. R. Baugh, Z. Yaqoob, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Optofluidic microscopy--a method for implementing a high resolution optical microscope on a chip,” Lab Chip 6(10), 1274–1276 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chan, E.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chan, S. S.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chen, L.

L. Chen, J. T. Robinson, and M. Lipson, “Role of radiation and surface plasmon polaritons in the optical interactions between a nano-slit and a nano-groove on a metal surface,” Opt. Express 14(26), 12629–12636 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cheng, Y. T.

J. B. Leen, P. Hansen, Y. T. Cheng, and L. Hesselink, “Improved focused ion beam fabrication of near-field apertures using a silicon nitride membrane,” Opt. Lett. 33(23), 2827–2829 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chou, C.-F.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cox, E. C.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cui, X.

G. Zheng, X. Cui, and C. Yang, “Surface-wave-enabled darkfield aperture for background suppression during weak signal detection,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107(20), 9043–9048 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Cui, L. M. Lee, X. Heng, W. Zhong, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Lensless high-resolution on-chip optofluidic microscopes for Caenorhabditis elegans and cell imaging,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105(31), 10670–10675 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, X. Cui, D. W. Knapp, J. Wu, Z. Yaqoob, E. J. McDowell, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Characterization of light collection through a subwavelength aperture from a point source,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10410–10425 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Degiron, A.

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Devaux, E.

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Duke, T.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Durand, F.

P. Green, W. Sun, W. Matusik, and F. Durand, “Multi-aperture photography,” ACM Trans. Graph. 26(3), 68 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Ebbesen, T.

E. Laux, C. Genet, T. Skauli, and T. Ebbesen, “Plasmonic photon sorters for spectral and polarimetric imaging,” Nat. Photonics 2(3), 161–164 (2008).
[CrossRef]

T. Thio, H. Lezec, T. Ebbesen, K. Pellerin, G. Lewen, A. Nahata, and R. Linke, “Giant optical transmission of sub-wavelength apertures: physics and applications,” Nanotechnology 13(3), 429–432 (2002).
[CrossRef]

T. Ebbesen, H. Lezec, H. Ghaemi, T. Thio, and P. Wolff, “Extraordinary optical transmission through sub-wavelength hole arrays,” Nature 391(6668), 667–669 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Ebbesen, T. W.

F. J. Garcı́a-Vidal, L. Martı́n-Moreno, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Focusing light with a single subwavelength aperture flanked by surface corrugations,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(22), 4500 (2003).
[CrossRef]

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Thio, K. M. Pellerin, R. A. Linke, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Enhanced light transmission through a single subwavelength aperture,” Opt. Lett. 26(24), 1972–1974 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Erickson, D.

X. Heng, D. Erickson, L. R. Baugh, Z. Yaqoob, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Optofluidic microscopy--a method for implementing a high resolution optical microscope on a chip,” Lab Chip 6(10), 1274–1276 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fann, W.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Garci´a-Vidal, F. J.

F. J. Garcı́a-Vidal, L. Martı́n-Moreno, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Focusing light with a single subwavelength aperture flanked by surface corrugations,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(22), 4500 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Garcia-Vidal, F. J.

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gay, G.

G. Gay, O. Alloschery, B. Viaris de Lesegno, C. O’Dwyer, J. Weiner, and H. J. Lezec, “The optical response of nanostructured surfaces and the composite diffracted evanescent wave model,” Nat. Phys. 2(4), 262–267 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Genet, C.

E. Laux, C. Genet, T. Skauli, and T. Ebbesen, “Plasmonic photon sorters for spectral and polarimetric imaging,” Nat. Photonics 2(3), 161–164 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Ghaemi, H.

T. Ebbesen, H. Lezec, H. Ghaemi, T. Thio, and P. Wolff, “Extraordinary optical transmission through sub-wavelength hole arrays,” Nature 391(6668), 667–669 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Green, P.

P. Green, W. Sun, W. Matusik, and F. Durand, “Multi-aperture photography,” ACM Trans. Graph. 26(3), 68 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Hansen, P.

J. B. Leen, P. Hansen, Y. T. Cheng, and L. Hesselink, “Improved focused ion beam fabrication of near-field apertures using a silicon nitride membrane,” Opt. Lett. 33(23), 2827–2829 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Heng, X.

X. Cui, L. M. Lee, X. Heng, W. Zhong, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Lensless high-resolution on-chip optofluidic microscopes for Caenorhabditis elegans and cell imaging,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105(31), 10670–10675 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, X. Cui, D. W. Knapp, J. Wu, Z. Yaqoob, E. J. McDowell, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Characterization of light collection through a subwavelength aperture from a point source,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10410–10425 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, D. Erickson, L. R. Baugh, Z. Yaqoob, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Optofluidic microscopy--a method for implementing a high resolution optical microscope on a chip,” Lab Chip 6(10), 1274–1276 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hesselink, L.

J. B. Leen, P. Hansen, Y. T. Cheng, and L. Hesselink, “Improved focused ion beam fabrication of near-field apertures using a silicon nitride membrane,” Opt. Lett. 33(23), 2827–2829 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hugonin, J.

P. Lalanne and J. Hugonin, “Interaction between optical nano-objects at metallo-dielectric interfaces,” Nat. Phys. 2(8), 551–556 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Hugonin, J. P.

L. Aigouy, P. Lalanne, J. P. Hugonin, G. Julié, V. Mathet, and M. Mortier, “Near-field analysis of surface waves launched at nanoslit apertures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(15), 153902 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Julié, G.

L. Aigouy, P. Lalanne, J. P. Hugonin, G. Julié, V. Mathet, and M. Mortier, “Near-field analysis of surface waves launched at nanoslit apertures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(15), 153902 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Knapp, D. W.

X. Heng, X. Cui, D. W. Knapp, J. Wu, Z. Yaqoob, E. J. McDowell, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Characterization of light collection through a subwavelength aperture from a point source,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10410–10425 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lalanne, P.

H. Liu and P. Lalanne, “Microscopic theory of the extraordinary optical transmission,” Nature 452(7188), 728–731 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Aigouy, P. Lalanne, J. P. Hugonin, G. Julié, V. Mathet, and M. Mortier, “Near-field analysis of surface waves launched at nanoslit apertures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(15), 153902 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Lalanne and J. Hugonin, “Interaction between optical nano-objects at metallo-dielectric interfaces,” Nat. Phys. 2(8), 551–556 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Laux, E.

E. Laux, C. Genet, T. Skauli, and T. Ebbesen, “Plasmonic photon sorters for spectral and polarimetric imaging,” Nat. Photonics 2(3), 161–164 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Lee, L. M.

X. Cui, L. M. Lee, X. Heng, W. Zhong, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Lensless high-resolution on-chip optofluidic microscopes for Caenorhabditis elegans and cell imaging,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105(31), 10670–10675 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Leen, J. B.

J. B. Leen, P. Hansen, Y. T. Cheng, and L. Hesselink, “Improved focused ion beam fabrication of near-field apertures using a silicon nitride membrane,” Opt. Lett. 33(23), 2827–2829 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lewen, G.

T. Thio, H. Lezec, T. Ebbesen, K. Pellerin, G. Lewen, A. Nahata, and R. Linke, “Giant optical transmission of sub-wavelength apertures: physics and applications,” Nanotechnology 13(3), 429–432 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Lezec, H.

D. Pacifici, H. Lezec, and H. Atwater, “All-optical modulation by plasmonic excitation of CdSe quantum dots,” Nat. Photonics 1(7), 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef]

H. Lezec and T. Thio, “Diffracted evanescent wave model for enhanced and suppressed optical transmission through subwavelength hole arrays,” Opt. Express 12(16), 3629–3651 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Thio, H. Lezec, T. Ebbesen, K. Pellerin, G. Lewen, A. Nahata, and R. Linke, “Giant optical transmission of sub-wavelength apertures: physics and applications,” Nanotechnology 13(3), 429–432 (2002).
[CrossRef]

T. Ebbesen, H. Lezec, H. Ghaemi, T. Thio, and P. Wolff, “Extraordinary optical transmission through sub-wavelength hole arrays,” Nature 391(6668), 667–669 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Lezec, H. J.

G. Gay, O. Alloschery, B. Viaris de Lesegno, C. O’Dwyer, J. Weiner, and H. J. Lezec, “The optical response of nanostructured surfaces and the composite diffracted evanescent wave model,” Nat. Phys. 2(4), 262–267 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. J. Garcı́a-Vidal, L. Martı́n-Moreno, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Focusing light with a single subwavelength aperture flanked by surface corrugations,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(22), 4500 (2003).
[CrossRef]

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Thio, K. M. Pellerin, R. A. Linke, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Enhanced light transmission through a single subwavelength aperture,” Opt. Lett. 26(24), 1972–1974 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Linke, R.

T. Thio, H. Lezec, T. Ebbesen, K. Pellerin, G. Lewen, A. Nahata, and R. Linke, “Giant optical transmission of sub-wavelength apertures: physics and applications,” Nanotechnology 13(3), 429–432 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Linke, R. A.

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Thio, K. M. Pellerin, R. A. Linke, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Enhanced light transmission through a single subwavelength aperture,” Opt. Lett. 26(24), 1972–1974 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Liou, L.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lipson, M.

L. Chen, J. T. Robinson, and M. Lipson, “Role of radiation and surface plasmon polaritons in the optical interactions between a nano-slit and a nano-groove on a metal surface,” Opt. Express 14(26), 12629–12636 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Liu, H.

H. Liu and P. Lalanne, “Microscopic theory of the extraordinary optical transmission,” Nature 452(7188), 728–731 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Marti´n-Moreno, L.

F. J. Garcı́a-Vidal, L. Martı́n-Moreno, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Focusing light with a single subwavelength aperture flanked by surface corrugations,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(22), 4500 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Martin-Moreno, L.

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mathet, V.

L. Aigouy, P. Lalanne, J. P. Hugonin, G. Julié, V. Mathet, and M. Mortier, “Near-field analysis of surface waves launched at nanoslit apertures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(15), 153902 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Matusik, W.

P. Green, W. Sun, W. Matusik, and F. Durand, “Multi-aperture photography,” ACM Trans. Graph. 26(3), 68 (2007).
[CrossRef]

McDowell, E. J.

X. Heng, X. Cui, D. W. Knapp, J. Wu, Z. Yaqoob, E. J. McDowell, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Characterization of light collection through a subwavelength aperture from a point source,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10410–10425 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mortier, M.

L. Aigouy, P. Lalanne, J. P. Hugonin, G. Julié, V. Mathet, and M. Mortier, “Near-field analysis of surface waves launched at nanoslit apertures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(15), 153902 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Nahata, A.

T. Thio, H. Lezec, T. Ebbesen, K. Pellerin, G. Lewen, A. Nahata, and R. Linke, “Giant optical transmission of sub-wavelength apertures: physics and applications,” Nanotechnology 13(3), 429–432 (2002).
[CrossRef]

O’Dwyer, C.

G. Gay, O. Alloschery, B. Viaris de Lesegno, C. O’Dwyer, J. Weiner, and H. J. Lezec, “The optical response of nanostructured surfaces and the composite diffracted evanescent wave model,” Nat. Phys. 2(4), 262–267 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Pacifici, D.

D. Pacifici, H. Lezec, and H. Atwater, “All-optical modulation by plasmonic excitation of CdSe quantum dots,” Nat. Photonics 1(7), 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Pellerin, K.

T. Thio, H. Lezec, T. Ebbesen, K. Pellerin, G. Lewen, A. Nahata, and R. Linke, “Giant optical transmission of sub-wavelength apertures: physics and applications,” Nanotechnology 13(3), 429–432 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Pellerin, K. M.

T. Thio, K. M. Pellerin, R. A. Linke, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Enhanced light transmission through a single subwavelength aperture,” Opt. Lett. 26(24), 1972–1974 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Psaltis, D.

X. Cui, L. M. Lee, X. Heng, W. Zhong, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Lensless high-resolution on-chip optofluidic microscopes for Caenorhabditis elegans and cell imaging,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105(31), 10670–10675 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, D. Erickson, L. R. Baugh, Z. Yaqoob, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Optofluidic microscopy--a method for implementing a high resolution optical microscope on a chip,” Lab Chip 6(10), 1274–1276 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, X. Cui, D. W. Knapp, J. Wu, Z. Yaqoob, E. J. McDowell, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Characterization of light collection through a subwavelength aperture from a point source,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10410–10425 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Robinson, J. T.

L. Chen, J. T. Robinson, and M. Lipson, “Role of radiation and surface plasmon polaritons in the optical interactions between a nano-slit and a nano-groove on a metal surface,” Opt. Express 14(26), 12629–12636 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sheng, Y.

B. Ung and Y. Sheng, “Optical surface waves over metallo-dielectric nanostructures: Sommerfeld integrals revisited,” Opt. Express 16(12), 9073–9086 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Skauli, T.

E. Laux, C. Genet, T. Skauli, and T. Ebbesen, “Plasmonic photon sorters for spectral and polarimetric imaging,” Nat. Photonics 2(3), 161–164 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Sternberg, P. W.

X. Cui, L. M. Lee, X. Heng, W. Zhong, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Lensless high-resolution on-chip optofluidic microscopes for Caenorhabditis elegans and cell imaging,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105(31), 10670–10675 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, D. Erickson, L. R. Baugh, Z. Yaqoob, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Optofluidic microscopy--a method for implementing a high resolution optical microscope on a chip,” Lab Chip 6(10), 1274–1276 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sun, W.

P. Green, W. Sun, W. Matusik, and F. Durand, “Multi-aperture photography,” ACM Trans. Graph. 26(3), 68 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Tegenfeldt, J. O.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Thio, T.

H. Lezec and T. Thio, “Diffracted evanescent wave model for enhanced and suppressed optical transmission through subwavelength hole arrays,” Opt. Express 12(16), 3629–3651 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Thio, H. Lezec, T. Ebbesen, K. Pellerin, G. Lewen, A. Nahata, and R. Linke, “Giant optical transmission of sub-wavelength apertures: physics and applications,” Nanotechnology 13(3), 429–432 (2002).
[CrossRef]

T. Thio, K. M. Pellerin, R. A. Linke, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Enhanced light transmission through a single subwavelength aperture,” Opt. Lett. 26(24), 1972–1974 (2001).
[CrossRef]

T. Ebbesen, H. Lezec, H. Ghaemi, T. Thio, and P. Wolff, “Extraordinary optical transmission through sub-wavelength hole arrays,” Nature 391(6668), 667–669 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Ung, B.

B. Ung and Y. Sheng, “Optical surface waves over metallo-dielectric nanostructures: Sommerfeld integrals revisited,” Opt. Express 16(12), 9073–9086 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Viaris de Lesegno, B.

G. Gay, O. Alloschery, B. Viaris de Lesegno, C. O’Dwyer, J. Weiner, and H. J. Lezec, “The optical response of nanostructured surfaces and the composite diffracted evanescent wave model,” Nat. Phys. 2(4), 262–267 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Weiner, J.

G. Gay, O. Alloschery, B. Viaris de Lesegno, C. O’Dwyer, J. Weiner, and H. J. Lezec, “The optical response of nanostructured surfaces and the composite diffracted evanescent wave model,” Nat. Phys. 2(4), 262–267 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Wolff, P.

T. Ebbesen, H. Lezec, H. Ghaemi, T. Thio, and P. Wolff, “Extraordinary optical transmission through sub-wavelength hole arrays,” Nature 391(6668), 667–669 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Wu, J.

X. Heng, X. Cui, D. W. Knapp, J. Wu, Z. Yaqoob, E. J. McDowell, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Characterization of light collection through a subwavelength aperture from a point source,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10410–10425 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yang, C.

G. Zheng, X. Cui, and C. Yang, “Surface-wave-enabled darkfield aperture for background suppression during weak signal detection,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107(20), 9043–9048 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Cui, L. M. Lee, X. Heng, W. Zhong, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Lensless high-resolution on-chip optofluidic microscopes for Caenorhabditis elegans and cell imaging,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105(31), 10670–10675 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, D. Erickson, L. R. Baugh, Z. Yaqoob, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Optofluidic microscopy--a method for implementing a high resolution optical microscope on a chip,” Lab Chip 6(10), 1274–1276 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, X. Cui, D. W. Knapp, J. Wu, Z. Yaqoob, E. J. McDowell, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Characterization of light collection through a subwavelength aperture from a point source,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10410–10425 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yaqoob, Z.

X. Heng, X. Cui, D. W. Knapp, J. Wu, Z. Yaqoob, E. J. McDowell, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Characterization of light collection through a subwavelength aperture from a point source,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10410–10425 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, D. Erickson, L. R. Baugh, Z. Yaqoob, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Optofluidic microscopy--a method for implementing a high resolution optical microscope on a chip,” Lab Chip 6(10), 1274–1276 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zheng, G.

G. Zheng, X. Cui, and C. Yang, “Surface-wave-enabled darkfield aperture for background suppression during weak signal detection,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107(20), 9043–9048 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zhong, W.

X. Cui, L. M. Lee, X. Heng, W. Zhong, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Lensless high-resolution on-chip optofluidic microscopes for Caenorhabditis elegans and cell imaging,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105(31), 10670–10675 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

ACM Trans. Graph.

P. Green, W. Sun, W. Matusik, and F. Durand, “Multi-aperture photography,” ACM Trans. Graph. 26(3), 68 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

F. J. Garcı́a-Vidal, L. Martı́n-Moreno, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Focusing light with a single subwavelength aperture flanked by surface corrugations,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83(22), 4500 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Lab Chip

X. Heng, D. Erickson, L. R. Baugh, Z. Yaqoob, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Optofluidic microscopy--a method for implementing a high resolution optical microscope on a chip,” Lab Chip 6(10), 1274–1276 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Nanotechnology

T. Thio, H. Lezec, T. Ebbesen, K. Pellerin, G. Lewen, A. Nahata, and R. Linke, “Giant optical transmission of sub-wavelength apertures: physics and applications,” Nanotechnology 13(3), 429–432 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Photonics

D. Pacifici, H. Lezec, and H. Atwater, “All-optical modulation by plasmonic excitation of CdSe quantum dots,” Nat. Photonics 1(7), 402–406 (2007).
[CrossRef]

E. Laux, C. Genet, T. Skauli, and T. Ebbesen, “Plasmonic photon sorters for spectral and polarimetric imaging,” Nat. Photonics 2(3), 161–164 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Phys.

G. Gay, O. Alloschery, B. Viaris de Lesegno, C. O’Dwyer, J. Weiner, and H. J. Lezec, “The optical response of nanostructured surfaces and the composite diffracted evanescent wave model,” Nat. Phys. 2(4), 262–267 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Lalanne and J. Hugonin, “Interaction between optical nano-objects at metallo-dielectric interfaces,” Nat. Phys. 2(8), 551–556 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Nature

H. Liu and P. Lalanne, “Microscopic theory of the extraordinary optical transmission,” Nature 452(7188), 728–731 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Ebbesen, H. Lezec, H. Ghaemi, T. Thio, and P. Wolff, “Extraordinary optical transmission through sub-wavelength hole arrays,” Nature 391(6668), 667–669 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

H. Lezec and T. Thio, “Diffracted evanescent wave model for enhanced and suppressed optical transmission through subwavelength hole arrays,” Opt. Express 12(16), 3629–3651 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Chen, J. T. Robinson, and M. Lipson, “Role of radiation and surface plasmon polaritons in the optical interactions between a nano-slit and a nano-groove on a metal surface,” Opt. Express 14(26), 12629–12636 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

X. Heng, X. Cui, D. W. Knapp, J. Wu, Z. Yaqoob, E. J. McDowell, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Characterization of light collection through a subwavelength aperture from a point source,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10410–10425 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Ung and Y. Sheng, “Optical surface waves over metallo-dielectric nanostructures: Sommerfeld integrals revisited,” Opt. Express 16(12), 9073–9086 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Opt. Lett.

J. B. Leen, P. Hansen, Y. T. Cheng, and L. Hesselink, “Improved focused ion beam fabrication of near-field apertures using a silicon nitride membrane,” Opt. Lett. 33(23), 2827–2829 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Thio, K. M. Pellerin, R. A. Linke, H. J. Lezec, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Enhanced light transmission through a single subwavelength aperture,” Opt. Lett. 26(24), 1972–1974 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett.

J. O. Tegenfeldt, O. Bakajin, C.-F. Chou, S. S. Chan, R. Austin, W. Fann, L. Liou, E. Chan, T. Duke, and E. C. Cox, “Near-field scanner for moving molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 86(7), 1378–1381 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Aigouy, P. Lalanne, J. P. Hugonin, G. Julié, V. Mathet, and M. Mortier, “Near-field analysis of surface waves launched at nanoslit apertures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 98(15), 153902 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.

X. Cui, L. M. Lee, X. Heng, W. Zhong, P. W. Sternberg, D. Psaltis, and C. Yang, “Lensless high-resolution on-chip optofluidic microscopes for Caenorhabditis elegans and cell imaging,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105(31), 10670–10675 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Zheng, X. Cui, and C. Yang, “Surface-wave-enabled darkfield aperture for background suppression during weak signal detection,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107(20), 9043–9048 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Science

H. J. Lezec, A. Degiron, E. Devaux, R. A. Linke, L. Martin-Moreno, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, and T. W. Ebbesen, “Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture,” Science 297(5582), 820–822 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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J. Goodman, Introduction to Fourier optics (Roberts & Company Publishers, 2005).

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Working principle of the proposed OTF design scheme. The incoming incident plane wave (with certain transverse wave vector) is coupled into surface waves by the circular groove pattern. The destructive interference between the surface wave component and the direct transmission component results in zero transmission and produces a node in the OTF curve. The principle of OTF design is based on the tuning this destructive interference point by adjusting the spacing between the central hole and inner most groove.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Simulations results of the OTF notch filter design. Displayed is the real part of the magnetic-field at λ = 740 nm (equivalent to the time-domain fields at the instant of time when the source phase is zero). (a-c) The simulation of the proposed aperture with 0, 15, and 30 degree incidence. The parameters of the structure are: s = 540 nm, p = 560 nm, thickness of gold = 340 nm, diameter of hole = 300 nm, groove depth = 140 nm and refractive index of the dielectric substrate = 1.5. (d-f) The simulation of the single hole with 0, 15, and 30 degree incidences.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

The SEM image of a typical fabricated aperture.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Illustration of the experimental scheme. A spatially filtered, expanded and collimated laser beam is incident on the aperture in a gold film evaporated on a glass slide. The gold coated glass slide and the light collecting optics are assembled on a rotation stage. M- mirror, SF- spatial filter, L- plano-convex lens. (b) Detailed illustration of setup on the rotation stage.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

The spatial response of the proposed aperture. (a - c) the measure and simulated results with different spacing s = 540 nm, 780 nm and 460 nm, corresponding to a notch, lowpass and highpass OTF designs. (d) The case of a single hole.

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