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Spinoptics: Spin degeneracy removal in nanostructures
Author(s): Vladimir Kleiner; Nir Shitrit; Erez Hasman

Paper Abstract

Spin-symmetry breaking in nanoscale structures caused by spin-orbit interaction, leading to a new branch in optics - spinoptics is presented. The spin-based effects offer an unprecedented ability to control light and its polarization state in nanometer-scale optical devices, thereby facilitating a variety of applications related to nano-photonics. The direct observation of optical spin-Hall effect that appears when a wave carrying spin angular momentum (AM) interacts with plasmonic nanostructures is introduced. A plasmonic nanostructure exhibits a crucial role of an AM selection rule in a light-surface plasmon scattering process. A spin-dependent dispersion splitting was obtained in a structure consisting of a coupled thermal antenna array. The observed effects inspire one to investigate other spin-based plasmonic effects and to propose a new generation of optical elements for nano-photonic applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8269, Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures II, 826902 (21 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927373
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir Kleiner, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Nir Shitrit, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Erez Hasman, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8269:
Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures II
Ali Adibi; Shawn-Yu Lin; Axel Scherer, Editor(s)

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