Mesoscale surface plasmons: Modelling and imaging using near-field scanning optical microscopy

Ari D. Mayevsky, Timothy J. Davis, Patrycja M. Ballard, Clare A. Henderson, Alison M. Funston

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Meso-scale plasmons are supported by structures with dimensions on the order of tens of plasmon wavelengths. Metal structures at this length-scale are promising for the design and engineering of structures to direct the flow of optical energy and generate high intensity, localized electric fields. The near-field optical properties of meso-scale crystalline gold plates were examined using near-field scanning optical microscopy with a focus on the effects of modifying morphology and excitation conditions. Excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) at plate edges and their subsequent propagation and interference as radial waves across the surface results in nodes of enhancement of the near-field on the plate surface at specific positions within the plate. The spatial position of the near-field enhancement may be directed by controlling either, or both, the boundary conditions (plate shape) and polarization of the excitation light.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23426-23435
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2018

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