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The emission of light through thin metal films via surface plasmon-polaritons
Author(s): Armando Giannattasio; Stephen Wedge; Lucy H. Smith; William L. Barnes
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Paper Abstract

When the emission of light by molecules, excitons etc. takes place close to a thin metallic film, coupling of power to surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) modes supported by the metal film often dominates. We explore the nature of the SPP modes and examine how the energy lost to them can be recovered through the use of periodic, wavelength scale microstructure. We show that the photoluminescence emission from a structure containing is much stronger than that from a similar planar structure. We look at the importance of the exact details of the microstructure on the emission process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5840, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications, (7 July 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.608212
Show Author Affiliations
Armando Giannattasio, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Stephen Wedge, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Lucy H. Smith, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
William L. Barnes, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5840:
Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications
Goncal Badenes; Derek Abbott; Ali Serpenguzel, Editor(s)

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