Abstract

The propagation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) on gratings can be experimentally modified when magneto-optically active materials are used. We have observed this effect in Au–Co thin-film bilayers where a polymer grating was patterned on the upper surface. In addition, Au–Co–Au trilayers were grown on polycarbonate gratings, and the Co layer thicknesses and placement from the upper interface were varied to further investigate this effect. We show that the Co layer must be tailored to balance optical absorption and magneto-optical activity, while the pitch of the grating can be adjusted to tune the angular dependence of the field-dependent SPP excitation.

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