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Dephasing of electromagnetic fields in scattering from an isolated slit in a gold film
Author(s): Jeffrey M. McMahon; Stephen K. Gray; George C. Schatz
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Paper Abstract

Herein we perform three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain calculations on an isolated micron size slit in a thin gold film to study the behavior of confined electromagnetic fields for TM, TE, and circular incident polarizations. It is found that the electric and magnetic fields exhibit well defined standing wave patterns inside the slit. Moreover, the electric and magnetic fields are seen to be out of phase, and the power flow through the slit is governed mainly by the magnetic field for TM polarization and the electric field for TE and circular polarizations. To understand these results a theoretical modal expansion of the fields in the presence of the slit is done. It is found that the standing wave patterns and dephasing can be attributed to a superposition of propagating and evanescent waveguide modes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7033, Plasmonics: Nanoimaging, Nanofabrication, and Their Applications IV, 703311 (28 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790647
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey M. McMahon, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Stephen K. Gray, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
George C. Schatz, Northwestern Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7033:
Plasmonics: Nanoimaging, Nanofabrication, and Their Applications IV
Satoshi Kawata; Vladimir M. Shalaev; Din Ping Tsai, Editor(s)

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