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Ultrafast nanoelectronics: steering electrons in infrared near-fields (Presentation Recording)
Author(s): Georg Herink; Claus Ropers

Paper Abstract

Plasmonic nanostructures can break the diffraction limit and confine optical fields on the nanoscale. The coupling of intense femtosecond transients to the apex of metallic nanotips enables ultrafast electron point sources which find applications in ultrafast electron microscopy and time-resolved diffraction instruments. In this contribution, we demonstrate the impact of near-field localization onto strong-field photoemission and present the control of electron trajectories via the momentary electric near-field. The photoemission dynamics at single gold and tungsten nanotips are experimentally studied over a broad range of excitation frequencies, spanning from 1 - 400 Terahertz (THz). The transition from oscillatory electron acceleration to a field-driven interaction is presented as a result of intense, long-wavelength and localized excitation. The high field enhancement at lower frequencies is demonstrated to induce localized field emission from a nanotip with moderate incident fields as provided by table-top THz sources. Such THz-induced cold field emission can be used, e.g., for the temporal tracking of optically excited hot-electron dynamics in nanostructures. Moreover, the field-driven electron acceleration in the enhanced THz near-field is employed in a pump-probe scheme to temporally map the local THz-response of the nanostructure by projecting the momentary apex near-field onto the kinetic energy of femtosecond electron pulses. Besides the electrical characterization of nanostructures at THz-frequencies, the temporally and spatially confined interaction of free electrons with ultrashort near-fields is expected to enable a novel class of ultrafast vacuum micro- and nanoelectronic devices, and first applications are presented in this talk.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2015
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9547, Plasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties XIII, 95470D (5 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2190376
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Georg Herink, Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen (Germany)
Claus Ropers, Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9547:
Plasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties XIII
Allan D. Boardman; Din Ping Tsai, Editor(s)

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