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  1. Sub-wavelength diffractive optics

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    Warren, M.E.; Wendt, J.R.; Vawter, G.A.

    1998-03-01

    This report represents the completion of a three-year Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program to investigate sub-wavelength surface relief structures fabricated by direct-write e-beam technology as unique and very high-efficiency optical elements. A semiconductor layer with sub-wavelength sized etched openings or features can be considered as a layer with an effective index of refraction determined by the fraction of the surface filled with semiconductor relative to the fraction filled with air or other material. Such as a layer can be used to implement planar gradient-index lenses on a surface. Additionally, the nanometer-scale surface structures have diffractive properties that allow the direct manipulation of polarization and altering of the reflective properties of surfaces. With this technology a single direct-write mask and etch can be used to integrate a wide variety of optical functions into a device surface with high efficiencies; allowing for example, direct integration of polarizing optics into the surface with high efficiencies; allowing for example, direct integration of polarizing optics into the surfaces of devices, forming anti-reflection surfaces or fabricating high-efficiency, high-numerical aperture lenses, including integration inside vertical semiconductor laser cavities.

  2. Subwavelength lattice optics by evolutionary design.

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    Huntington, Mark D; Lauhon, Lincoln J; Odom, Teri W

    2014-12-10

    This paper describes a new class of structured optical materials--lattice opto-materials--that can manipulate the flow of visible light into a wide range of three-dimensional profiles using evolutionary design principles. Lattice opto-materials are based on the discretization of a surface into a two-dimensional (2D) subwavelength lattice whose individual lattice sites can be controlled to achieve a programmed optical response. To access a desired optical property, we designed a lattice evolutionary algorithm that includes and optimizes contributions from every element in the lattice. Lattice opto-materials can exhibit simple properties, such as on- and off-axis focusing, and can also concentrate light into multiple, discrete spots. We expanded the unit cell shapes of the lattice to achieve distinct, polarization-dependent optical responses from the same 2D patterned substrate. Finally, these lattice opto-materials can also be combined into architectures that resemble a new type of compound flat lens. PMID:25380062

  3. Subwavelength metal grating metamaterial for polarization selective optical antireflection coating

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    Kim, Wonkyu; Hendrickson, Joshua

    2015-01-01

    A metamaterial structure consisting of a one-dimensional metal/air-gap subwavelength grating is investigated for optical antireflection coating on germanium substrate in the infrared regime. For incident light polarized perpendicularly to the grating lines, the metamaterial exhibits effective dielectric property and Fabry-Perot like plasmon-coupled optical resonance results in complete elimination of reflection and enhancement of transmission. It is found that the subwavelength grating metamaterial antireflection structure does not require a deep subwavelength grating period, which is advantageous for device fabrication. Maximal transmittance of 93.4% with complete elimination of reflection is seen in the mid-wave infrared range.

  4. Magneto-optical Kerr effect in resonant subwavelength nanowire gratings

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    Periodic arrays of nanorods can present a resonant response at specific geometric conditions. We use a multiple scattering approach to analyze the optical response of subwavelength nanowire gratings made of arbitrary anisotropic materials. When the rods are made of magneto-optical dielectrics we show that there is a complex interplay between the geometric resonances of the grating and the magneto-optical Kerr effects (MOKE) response. As we will show, for a given polarization of the incident light, a resonant magneto-optical response can be obtained by tuning the incidence angle and grating parameters to operate near the resonance condition for the opposite polarization. Our results could be important to understand and optimize MOKE structures and devices based on resonant subwavelength gratings and could open new perspectives in sensing applications. (paper)

  5. Transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect in subwavelength dielectric gratings

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    Maksymov, Ivan S.; Hutomo, Jessica; Kostylev, Mikhail

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate theoretically a large transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect (TMOKE) in subwavelength gratings consisting of alternating magneto-insulating and nonmagnetic dielectric nanostripes. The reflectivity of the grating reaches $96\\%$ at the frequencies corresponding to the maximum of the TMOKE response. The combination of a large TMOKE response and high reflectivity is important for applications in $3$D imaging, magneto-optical data storage, and magnonics.

  6. Optically pumped subwavelength-scale metallodielectric nanopatch resonators

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    Kwon, Kyungmok; You, Jong-bum; Shim, Jaeho; Jung, Youngho; Yu, Kyoungsik

    2016-01-01

    We discuss subwavelength-scale semiconductor metal-optic resonators placed on the metal substrate with various top metal plate sizes. Albeit with large optical losses, addition of metal layers converts a leaky semiconductor nano-block into a highly-confined optical cavity. Optically pumped lasing action is observed with the extended top metal layer that can significantly suppress the radiation losses. Careful investigation of self-heating effects during the optical carrier injection process shows the importance of temperature-dependent material properties in the laser rate equation model and the overall laser performances. PMID:27549640

  7. A super-oscillatory lens optical microscope for subwavelength imaging

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    Rogers, Edward T. F.; Lindberg, Jari; Roy, Tapashree; Savo, Salvatore; Chad, John E.; Dennis, Mark R.; Zheludev, Nikolay I.

    2012-05-01

    The past decade has seen an intensive effort to achieve optical imaging resolution beyond the diffraction limit. Apart from the Pendry-Veselago negative index superlens, implementation of which in optics faces challenges of losses and as yet unattainable fabrication finesse, other super-resolution approaches necessitate the lens either to be in the near proximity of the object or manufactured on it, or work only for a narrow class of samples, such as intensely luminescent or sparse objects. Here we report a new super-resolution microscope for optical imaging that beats the diffraction limit of conventional instruments and the recently demonstrated near-field optical superlens and hyperlens. This non-invasive subwavelength imaging paradigm uses a binary amplitude mask for direct focusing of laser light into a subwavelength spot in the post-evanescent field by precisely tailoring the interference of a large number of beams diffracted from a nanostructured mask. The new technology, which—in principle—has no physical limits on resolution, could be universally used for imaging at any wavelength and does not depend on the luminescence of the object, which can be tens of micrometres away from the mask. It has been implemented as a straightforward modification of a conventional microscope showing resolution better than λ/6.

  8. Optical singularities in plasmonic fields near single subwavelength holes

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    We identify phase and polarization singularities in near-field measurements and theoretical modeling of the electric near-field distributions that result from the scattering of surface plasmon polaritons from single subwavelength holes in optically thick gold films. We discuss properties of the singularities, such as their topological charge or the field amplitudes at their locations. We show that it is possible to tune the in-plane field amplitude at the positions of the polarization singularities by three orders of magnitude simply by varying the hole or incident plasmon beam size. (paper)

  9. Focusing-curved subwavelength grating couplers for ultra-broadband silicon photonics optical interfaces.

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    Zhong, Qiuhang; Veerasubramanian, Venkat; Wang, Yun; Shi, Wei; Patel, David; Ghosh, Samir; Samani, Alireza; Chrostowski, Lukas; Bojko, Richard; Plant, David V

    2014-07-28

    We report on the design and characterization of focusing-curved subwavelength grating couplers for ultra-broadband silicon photonics optical interfaces. With implementation of waveguide dispersion engineered subwavelength structures, an ultra-wide 1-dB bandwidth of over 100 nm (largest reported to date) near 1550 nm is experimentally achieved for transverse-electric polarized light. By tapering the subwavelength structures, back reflection is effectively suppressed and grating coupling efficiency is increased to -4.7 dB. A compact device footprint of 40 µm × 20 µm is realized by curving the gratings in a focusing scheme. PMID:25089441

  10. Sub-wavelength resonant structures at microwave and optical frequencies

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    Simić, Aleksandar

    2011-01-01

    Sub-wavelength scale resonant structures have been at the forefront of physics and engineering in the past decade. They offer a path for creation of new materials and great advancements in the field of photonics. This dissertation deals with design, fabrication and characterization of sub -wavelength resonant structures. In the first part, we investigate the application of passive sub-wavelength resonators in meta-materials --- materials that have electromagnetic properties otherwise unattain...

  11. Time-reversing a monochromatic subwavelength optical focus by optical phase conjugation of multiply-scattered light

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    Park, Jongchan; Lee, KyeoReh; Cho, Yong-Hoon; Park, YongKeun

    2016-01-01

    Due to its time-reversal nature, optical phase conjugation generates a monochromatic light wave which retraces its propagation paths. Here, we demonstrate the regeneration of a subwavelength optical focus by phase conjugation. Monochromatic light from a subwavelength source is scattered by random nanoparticles, and the scattered light is phase conjugated at the far-field region by coupling its wavefront into a single-mode optical reflector using a spatial light modulator. Then the conjugated beam retraces its propagation paths and forms a refocus on the source at the subwavelength scale. This is the first direct experimental realization of subwavelength focusing beyond the diffraction limit with far-field time reversal in the optical domain.

  12. Optical and magnetic properties of hexagonal arrays of subwavelength holes in optically thin cobalt films.

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    Ctistis, G; Papaioannou, E; Patoka, P; Gutek, J; Fumagalli, P; Giersig, M

    2009-01-01

    In this study, we present our experimental results on the optical, magnetic, as well as magneto-optic properties of hexagonal arrays of subwavelength holes in optically thin cobalt films. Different meshes were used with hole diameters ranging between 220 and 330 nm while the interhole distance has been kept constant at 470 nm. The hole pattern modifies completely the magnetic behavior of the cobalt films; it gives rise to an increase of the coercive field of the in-plane magnetization with increasing hole diameter and to the appearance of out-of-plane magnetization components. Magneto-optic measurements show a spectacular magneto-optic response at wavelengths where surface plasmon-polaritons are supported by the structure as deduced in optical measurements. The experiments demonstrate the ability to artificially control the magnetic and thus the magneto-optic properties in hole array structures. PMID:19072720

  13. Broadband single-mode operation of standard optical fibers by using a sub-wavelength optical wire filter

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    Jung, Yongmin; Brambilla, Gilberto; Richardson, David J

    2008-01-01

    We report the use of a sub-wavelength optical wire (SOW) with a specifically designed transition region as an efficient tool to filter higher order modes in multimode waveguides. Higher-order modes are effectively suppressed by controlling the transition taper profile and the diameter of the sub-wavelength optical wire. As a practical example, single-mode operation of a standard telecom optical fiber over a broad spectral window (400~1700 nm) was demonstrated with a 1?m SOW. The ability to ob...

  14. Full-Color Subwavelength Printing with Gap-Plasmonic Optical Antennas.

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    Miyata, Masashi; Hatada, Hideaki; Takahara, Junichi

    2016-05-11

    Metallic nanostructures can be designed to effectively reflect different colors at deep-subwavelength scales. Such color manipulation is attractive for applications such as subwavelength color printing; however, challenges remain in creating saturated colors with a general and intuitive design rule. Here, we propose a simple design approach based on all-aluminum gap-plasmonic nanoantennas, which is capable of designing colors using knowledge of the optical properties of the individual antennas. We demonstrate that the individual-antenna properties that feature strong light absorption at two distinct frequencies can be encoded into a single subwavelength-pixel, enabling the creation of saturated colors, as well as a dark color in reflection, at the optical diffraction limit. The suitability of the designed color pixels for subwavelength printing applications is demonstrated by showing microscopic letters in color, the incident polarization and angle insensitivity, and color durability. Coupled with the low cost and long-term stability of aluminum, the proposed design strategy could be useful in creating microscale images for security purposes, high-density optical data storage, and nanoscale optical elements. PMID:27088992

  15. General modal properties of optical resonances in subwavelength nonspherical dielectric structures

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    Huang, Lujun; Cao, Linyou

    2013-01-01

    Subwavelength dielectric structures offer an attractive low loss alternative to plasmonic structures for the development of resonant optics functionality such as metamaterials. Nonspherical like rectangular structures are of most interest from the standpoint of device development due to fabrication convenience. However, no intuitive fundamental understanding of optical resonance in nonspherical structures is available, which has substantially delayed the device development with dielectric materials. Here we elucidate the general fundamentals of optical resonances in nonspherical subwavelength dielectric structures of different shapes (rectangular or triangular) and dimensionalities (1D nanowires and 0D nanoparticles). We demonstrate that the optical properties (i.e. light absorption) of nonspherical structures are dictated by the eigenvalue of the structure's leaky modes. Leaky modes are defined as natural optical modes with propagating waves outside the structure. We also elucidate the dependence of the eige...

  16. Ultrafast optical control of terahertz surface plasmons in subwavelength hole-arrays at room temperature

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    Azad, Abul K.; Chen, Hou-Tong; Taylor, Antoinette J.; Zhang, Weili; O'Hara, John F.

    2011-02-01

    Extraordinary optical transmission through subwavelength metallic hole-arrays has been an active research area since its first demonstration. The frequency selective resonance properties of subwavelength metallic hole arrays, generally known as surface plasmon polaritons, have potential use in functional plasmonic devices such as filters, modulators, switches, etc. Such plasmonic devices are also very promising for future terahertz applications. Ultrafast switching or modulation of the resonant behavior of the 2-D metallic arrays in terahertz frequencies is of particular interest for high speed communication and sensing applications. In this paper, we demonstrate ultrafast optical control of surface plasmon enhanced resonant terahertz transmission in two-dimensional subwavelength metallic hole arrays fabricated on gallium arsenide based substrates. Optically pumping the arrays creates a thin conductive layer in the substrate reducing the terahertz transmission amplitude of both the resonant mode and the direct transmission. Under low optical fluence, the terahertz transmission is more greatly affected by resonance damping than by propagation loss in the substrate. An ErAs:GaAs nanoisland superlattice substrate is shown to allow ultrafast control with a switching recovery time of ~10 ps. We also present resonant terahertz transmission in a hybrid plasmonic film comprised of an integrated array of subwavelength metallic islands and semiconductor hole arrays. Optically pumping the semiconductor hole arrays favors excitation of surface plasmon resonance. A large dynamic transition between a dipolar localized surface plasmon mode and a surface plasmon resonance near 0.8 THz is observed under near infrared optical excitation. The reversal in transmission amplitude from a stop-band to a pass-band and up to π/ 2 phase shift achieved in the hybrid plasmonic film make it promising in large dynamic phase modulation, optical changeover switching, and active terahertz

  17. Optical transmission through hexagonal arrays of subwavelength holes in thin metal films.

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    Ctistis, G; Patoka, P; Wang, X; Kempa, K; Giersig, M

    2007-09-01

    We have studied the light transmission through hexagonal arrays of subwavelength holes in thin gold and aluminum films, varying the film thickness between 20 and 120 nm while the hole diameter as well as the interhole distance have been kept constant at approximately 300 and approximately 500 nm, respectively. The films were characterized by means of UV-vis spectroscopy and scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). PMID:17715985

  18. Routing of deep-subwavelength optical beams without reflection and diffraction using infinitely anisotropic metamaterials

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    Catrysse, Peter B.; Fan, Shanhui

    2015-03-01

    Media that are described by extreme electromagnetic parameters, such as very large/small permittivity/permeability, have generated significant fundamental and applied interest in recent years. Notable examples include epsilon-near-zero, ultra-low refractive-index, and ultra-high refractive-index materials. Many photonic structures, such as waveguides, lenses, and photonic band gap materials, benefit greatly from the large index contrast provided by such media. In this paper, I discuss our recent work on media with infinite anisotropy, i.e., infinite permittivity (permeability) in one direction and finite in the other directions. As an illustration of the unusual optical behaviors that result from infinite anisotropy, I describe efficient light transport in deep-subwavelength apertures filled with infinitely anisotropic media. I then point out some of the opportunities that exist for controlling light at the nano-scale using infinitely anisotropic media by themselves. First, I show that a single medium with infinite anisotropy enables diffraction-free propagation of deep-subwavelength beams. Next, I demonstrate interfaces between two infinitely anisotropic media that are impedancematched for complete deep-subwavelength beams and enable reflection-free routing with zero bend radius that is entirely free from diffraction effects even when deep-subwavelength information is encoded on the beams. These behaviors indicate an unprecedented possibility to use media with infinite anisotropy to manipulate beams with deepsubwavelength features, including complete images. To illustrate physical realizability, I demonstrate a metamaterial design using existing materials in a planar geometry, which can be implemented using well-established nanofabrication techniques. This approach provides a path to deep-subwavelength routing of information-carrying beams and far-field imaging unencumbered by diffraction and reflection.

  19. Using a Semiconductor-to-Metal Transition to Control Optical Transmission through Subwavelength Hole Arrays

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    R. F. Haglund Jr.

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available We describe a simple configuration in which the extraordinary optical transmission effect through subwavelength hole arrays in noble-metal films can be switched by the semiconductor-to-metal transition in an underlying thin film of vanadium dioxide. In these experiments, the transition is brought about by thermal heating of the bilayer film. The surprising reverse hysteretic behavior of the transmission through the subwavelength holes in the vanadium oxide suggest that this modulation is accomplished by a dielectric-matching condition rather than plasmon coupling through the bilayer film. The results of this switching, including the wavelength dependence, are qualitatively reproduced by a transfer matrix model. The prospects for effecting a similar modulation on a much faster time scale by using ultrafast laser pulses to trigger the semiconductor-to-metal transition are also discussed.

  20. Steering light by a sub-wavelength metallic grating from transformation optics.

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    Xu, Yadong; Fu, Yangyang; Chen, Huanyang

    2015-01-01

    Transformation optics has shown great ability in designing devices with novel functionalities, such as invisibility cloaking. A recent work shows that it can also be used to design metasurfaces which usually come from the concept of phase discontinuities. However, metasurfaces from transformation optics have very complicated material parameters. Here in this work, we propose a practical design, a sub-wavelength metallic grating with discrete and gradient index materials. Such a design not only inherits some functionalities of metasurfaces from phase discontinuities, but also shows richer physics. Our work will also provide a guidance to recent activities of acoustic metasurfaces, especially for those made of extremely anisotropic metamaterials. PMID:26183391

  1. Optical transmission through hexagonal sub-wavelength hole arrays in thin metal films

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    Ctistis, Georgios; Patoka, Piotr; Giersig, Michael [Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar), Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2, 53175 Bonn (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    Nanostructured surfaces exhibit extraordinary optical properties as plasmon assisted transmission through sub-wavelength hole arrays. In this study we present near-field optical results of the light transmission through a nano-hole array in a metal film (gold and aluminium) produced by means of nanosphere lithography. The film thickness varied between 20 and 120 nm while the hole diameter and the inter-hole distance were kept constant at approx. 270 and 500 nm, respectively. Dependent on the thickness, a change in the transmission mechanism could be observed.

  2. Steering light by a sub-wavelength metallic grating from transformation optics

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    Xu, Yadong; Fu, Yangyang; Chen, Huanyang

    2015-07-01

    Transformation optics has shown great ability in designing devices with novel functionalities, such as invisibility cloaking. A recent work shows that it can also be used to design metasurfaces which usually come from the concept of phase discontinuities. However, metasurfaces from transformation optics have very complicated material parameters. Here in this work, we propose a practical design, a sub-wavelength metallic grating with discrete and gradient index materials. Such a design not only inherits some functionalities of metasurfaces from phase discontinuities, but also shows richer physics. Our work will also provide a guidance to recent activities of acoustic metasurfaces, especially for those made of extremely anisotropic metamaterials.

  3. Brillouin light scattering from surface acoustic waves in a subwavelength-diameter optical fibre.

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    Beugnot, Jean-Charles; Lebrun, Sylvie; Pauliat, Gilles; Maillotte, Hervé; Laude, Vincent; Sylvestre, Thibaut

    2014-01-01

    Brillouin scattering in optical fibres is a fundamental interaction between light and sound with important implications ranging from optical sensors to slow and fast light. In usual optical fibres, light both excites and feels shear and longitudinal bulk elastic waves, giving rise to forward-guided acoustic wave Brillouin scattering and backward-stimulated Brillouin scattering. In a subwavelength-diameter optical fibre, the situation changes dramatically, as we here report with the first experimental observation of Brillouin light scattering from surface acoustic waves. These Rayleigh-type surface waves travel the wire surface at a specific velocity of 3,400 m s(-1) and backscatter the light with a Doppler shift of about 6 GHz. As these acoustic resonances are sensitive to surface defects or features, surface acoustic wave Brillouin scattering opens new opportunities for various sensing applications, but also in other domains such as microwave photonics and nonlinear plasmonics. PMID:25341638

  4. High resolution on-chip optical filter array based on double subwavelength grating reflectors.

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    Horie, Yu; Arbabi, Amir; Han, Seunghoon; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-11-16

    An optical filter array consisting of vertical narrow-band Fabry-Pérot (FP) resonators formed by two highly reflective high contrast subwavelength grating mirrors is reported. The filters are designed to cover a wide range of operation wavelengths (Δλ/λ = 5%) just by changing the in-plane grating parameters while the device thickness is maintained constant. Operation in the telecom band with transmission efficiencies greater than 40% and quality factors greater than 1,000 are measured experimentally for filters fabricated on the same substrate. PMID:26698468

  5. High speed low power optical detection of sub-wavelength scatterer

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    Roy, S.; Bouwens, Maryse; Wei, Lei; Pereira, S. F.; Urbach, H. P.; van der Walle, P.

    2015-12-01

    Optical detection of scatterers on a flat substrate, generally done using dark field microscopy technique, is challenging since it requires high power illumination to obtain sufficient SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) to be able to detect sub-wavelength particles. We developed a bright field technique, based on Fourier scatterometry, with special illumination and detection control to achieve this goal with a power level that can be sustained by most substrates including polymers. The performance of the system in a roll-to-roll line in production environment and strict throughput requirement is shown.

  6. Ultradense, Deep Subwavelength Nanowire Array Photovoltaics As Engineered Optical Thin Films

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    Tham, Douglas

    2010-11-10

    A photovoltaic device comprised of an array of 20 nm wide, 32 nm pitch array of silicon nanowires is modeled as an optical material. The nanowire array (NWA) has characteristic device features that are deep in the subwavelength regime for light, which permits a number of simplifying approximations. Using photocurrent measurements as a probe of the absorptance, we show that the NWA optical properties can be accurately modeled with rigorous coupled-wave analysis. The densely structured NWAs behave as homogeneous birefringent materials into the ultraviolet with effective optical properties that are accurately modeled using the dielectric functions of bulk Si and SiO 2, coupled with a physical model for the NWA derived from ellipsometry and transmission electron microscopy. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  7. Sub-wavelength electromagnetic phenomena in plasmonic and polaritonic nanostructures: From optical magnetism to super-resolution

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    Urzhumov, Yaroslav A.

    Effective medium theory of sub-wavelength metallic, semiconducting and dielectric nanostructures that encompasses their electric, magnetic and magneto-electric response at optical frequencies is introduced. Theory development is motivated by the recent surge of interest in electromagnetic metamaterials: nanostructured composites with unusual or naturally unavailable electromagnetic properties. Unlike numerous other studies, this work focuses on strongly sub-wavelength structures inasmuch as non-subwavelength composites, in general, cannot be described with effective medium parameters. The theory starts from purely electrostatic description of non-magnetic composites and uses plasmon eigenfunctions as the basis. Magnetism and other retardation phenomena are taken into account as perturbations of electrostatic equations. Theoretic description is validated by experimental data on extraordinary optical transmission through sub-wavelength hole arrays in crystalline silicon carbide films. It is shown that one of the most amazing applications of optical metamaterials, known as the "superlens'', enables deeply sub-wavelength spatial resolution not limited by Abbe's resolution of a microscope. Theoretical grounds and designs of proof-of-principle verification experiments for near-field sub-wavelength imaging are presented. Theoretical principles and formulas are applied to the problem of engineering an optical negative-index metamaterial (NIM) that may be used to improve the near-field superlens. NIM engineering begins with simple two-dimensional examples (cylinder arrays, wire pairs) and advances to more complicated metamaterials (strip-film and strip-wire arrays, tetrahedral clusters). Finally, the concept of liquid negative-index metafluids (NIMF) based on plasmonic nanoclusters is introduced and exemplified using tetrahedral cluster colloids. Clusters of plasmonic nanospheres, known as Artificial Plasmonic Molecules (APM), can be easily fabricated in macroscopic amounts

  8. MEMS optical tunable filter based on free-standing subwavelength silicon layers

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    Omran, Haitham; Sabry, Yasser M.; Sadek, Mohamed; Hassan, Khaled; Shalaby, Mohamed Y.; Khalil, Diaa

    2014-03-01

    We report a MEMS optical tunable filter based on high-aspect-ratio etching of sub-wavelength silicon layers on a silicon- on-insulator wafer. The reported filter has measured free-spectral and filter-tuning ranges of approximately 100 nm and a finesse of about 20 around a wavelength of 1550 nm, enabled by the use of 1000 nm-thick silicon layers and a balanced tilt-free motion using a lithographically-aligned electrostatic actuator. The average insertion loss of the filter is about 12 dB with a superior wavelength-dependent loss of about 1.5 dB. The filter has an out-of-band to in-band wavelength rejection ratio that is better than 20 dB. The reported filter experimental characteristics and its integrability are suitable for the production of integrated swept sources for optical coherence tomography application and miniaturized spectrometers.

  9. Electronically tunable extraordinary optical transmission in graphene plasmonic ribbons coupled to subwavelength metallic slit arrays

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    Kim, Seyoon; Jang, Min Seok; Brar, Victor W.; Tolstova, Yulia; Mauser, Kelly W.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-08-01

    Subwavelength metallic slit arrays have been shown to exhibit extraordinary optical transmission, whereby tunnelling surface plasmonic waves constructively interfere to create large forward light propagation. The intricate balancing needed for this interference to occur allows for resonant transmission to be highly sensitive to changes in the environment. Here we demonstrate that extraordinary optical transmission resonance can be coupled to electrostatically tunable graphene plasmonic ribbons to create electrostatic modulation of mid-infrared light. Absorption in graphene plasmonic ribbons situated inside metallic slits can efficiently block the coupling channel for resonant transmission, leading to a suppression of transmission. Full-wave simulations predict a transmission modulation of 95.7% via this mechanism. Experimental measurements reveal a modulation efficiency of 28.6% in transmission at 1,397 cm-1, corresponding to a 2.67-fold improvement over transmission without a metallic slit array. This work paves the way for enhancing light modulation in graphene plasmonics by employing noble metal plasmonic structures.

  10. Optically resonant subwavelength films for tamper-indicating tags and seals

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    Alvine, Kyle J.; Suter, Jonathan D.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Bennett, Wendy D.

    2015-05-23

    We present the design, modeling and performance of a proof-of-concept tamper indicating approach that exploits newly-developed subwavelength-patterned films. These films have a nanostructure-dependent resonant optical reflection that is wavelength, angle, and polarization dependent. As such, they can be tailored to fabricate overlay transparent films for tamper indication and authentication of sensitive or controlled materials not possible with currently-known technologies. An additional advantage is that the unique optical signature is dictated by the geometry and fabrication process of the nanostructures in the film, rather than on the material used. The essential structure unit in the subwavelength resonant coating is a nanoscale Open-Ring Resonator (ORR). This building block is fabricated by coating a dielectric nanoscale template with metal to form a hemispherical shell-like structure. This curved metallic shell structure has a cross-section with an intrinsic capacitance and inductance and is thus the optical equivalent to the well-known “LC” circuit where the capacitance and inductance are determined by the nanoshell dimensions. For structures with sub 100 nm scale, this resonance occurs in the visible electromagnetic spectrum, and in the IR for larger shells. Tampering of the film would be visible though misalignment of the angular dependence of the features in the film. It is additionally possible to add in intrinsic oxidation and strain sensitive matrix materials to further complicate tamper repair and counterfeiting. Cursory standoff readout would be relatively simple using a combination of a near-infrared (or visible) LED flashlight and polarizer or passively using room lighting illumination and a dispersive detector.

  11. Optically resonant subwavelength films for tamper-indicating tags and seals

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    Alvine, Kyle J.; Suter, Jonathan D.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Bennett, Wendy D.

    2015-05-01

    We present the design, modeling and performance of a proof-of-concept tamper indicating approach that exploits newlydeveloped subwavelength-patterned films. These films have a nanostructure-dependent resonant optical reflection that is wavelength, angle, and polarization dependent. As such, they can be tailored to fabricate overlay transparent films for tamper indication and authentication of sensitive or controlled materials not possible with currently-known technologies. An additional advantage is that the unique optical signature is dictated by the geometry and fabrication process of the nanostructures in the film, rather than on the material used. The essential structure unit in the subwavelength resonant coating is a nanoscale Open-Ring Resonator (ORR). This building block is fabricated by coating a dielectric nanoscale template with metal to form a hemispherical shell-like structure. This curved metallic shell structure has a cross-section with an intrinsic capacitance and inductance and is thus the optical equivalent to the well-known "LC" circuit where the capacitance and inductance are determined by the nanoshell dimensions. For structures with sub 100 nm scale, this resonance occurs in the visible electromagnetic spectrum, and in the IR for larger shells. Tampering of the film would be visible though misalignment of the angle-sensitive features in the film. It is additionally possible to add in intrinsic oxidation and strain sensitive matrix materials to further complicate tamper repair and counterfeiting. Cursory standoff readout would be relatively simple using a combination of a near-infrared (or visible) LED flashlight and polarizer or passively using room lighting illumination and a dispersive detector.

  12. Subwavelength optical spatial solitons and three-dimensional localization in disordered ferroelectrics: towards metamaterials of nonlinear origin

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    Conti, Claudio; DelRe, Eugenio

    2011-01-01

    We predict the existence of a novel class of multidimensional light localizations in out-of-equilibrium ferroelectric crystals. In two dimensions, the non-diffracting beams form at arbitrary low power level and propagate even when their width is well below the optical wavelength. In three dimensions, a novel form of subwavelength light bullets is found. The effects emerge when compositionally disordered crystals are brought to their metastable glassy state, and can have a profound impact on super-resolved imaging and ultra-dense optical storage, while resembling many features of the so-called metamaterials, as the suppression of evanescent waves.

  13. Optical properties of THz quantum cascade laser with subwavelength metallic waveguide

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    Full text: In this contribution we summarize the results from THz time-domain investigation on THz quantum cascade lasers (QCL) with double-metal waveguides. Such waveguides are characteristic with high subwavelength confinement of the laser mode that has impact on the cavity loss and the gain dynamics. Performed modulation experiments provide detailed information on laser performance at different operation conditions. (author)

  14. Impact of filling ratio on subwavelength optical imaging with two different geometries

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    Khalil, Md Ibrahim; Rahman, Atiqur; Belov, Pavel A

    2014-01-01

    Metallic nano-structured lens has the potential applications of transporting subwavelength imaging information and it is achieved by manipulating the length of the nanorod and the periodicity of the rod array. In this paper, we demonstrate the impact of filling ratio on the subwavelength imaging capabilities of such a lens. Through full-wave electromagnetic simulation, we have demonstrated that the imaging performance of silver (Ag) nanorod array does not only depend on the length and periodicity but also on the filling ratios or the radius of the wire medium. We have investigated two different geometries for nanorod e.g., cylindrical and triangular rod and examined their performance for different filling ratios.

  15. Optical Transmission Through Sub-Wavelength Slits in Metals: from Theory to Applications

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    Guillaumée, Mickaël

    2010-01-01

    This thesis explores the properties of the transmission of light through subwavelength slits in metal films. Theoretical and experimental studies on the transmission through slits in metals are presented. In addition, the potential use of these slits for different applications is investigated. The theoretical aspect concentrates on the study of the transmission of light through slit arrays. It is observed that high transmission is due to the coupling of two...

  16. Sub-wavelength optical diffraction and photoacoustic metrologies for the characterisation of nanoimprinted structures

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    Kehoe, T.; Bryner, J.; Reboud, V.; Kehagias, N.; Landis, S.; Gourgon, C.; Vollmann, J.; Dual, J.; Sotomayor Torres, C. M.

    2008-03-01

    We report on the use of two original techniques for the quality evaluation of nanoimprint lithography with 50 nm feature size: sub-wavelength blazed diffraction gratings and photoacoustic metrology. Sub-wavelength diffraction has been used to characterise nanoscale structures by studying the diffraction patterns of visible wavelengths of light from gratings which are made up of features below the diffraction limit. Diffraction efficiencies of the diffracted orders are related to the nanoscale line-widths, heights and defects of the gratings. A stamp of a sub-wavelength blazed grating was fabricated by electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching in silicon and imprinted by NIL with different tools. Measured diffraction efficiencies agree with those from finite difference time domain simulations and we demonstrated the possibility to distinguish diffraction patterns from successfully imprinted gratings and those with a defect. The photoacoustic method has been used for the first time to study nanoimprint polymers. Signals were obtained from the top and bottom interfaces of polymer layers with aluminium and silicon, respectively, and thicknesses calculated from the time of flight of the acoustic wave and modelling physical parameters of the polymers, agree well with those measured by profilometry.

  17. Optical dimensional metrology at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) on deep sub-wavelength nanostructured surfaces

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    Bodermann, B.; Ehret, G.; Endres, J.; Wurm, M.

    2016-06-01

    The dark-field microscopy method with alternating grazing incidence UV illumination (UV-AGID) developed at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt offers the possibility of measuring individual isolated line structures with linewidths down to the sub-wavelength regime. In contrast, scatterometry is able and already widely used to measure average dimensional parameters of periodic structures down to the deep sub-wavelength regime. Both methods can be used for dimensional measurements of micro- and nanostructures, in particular the critical dimensions (CDs) on wafers or photomasks in the semiconductor industry, complementing each other favourably. Based on numerical simulations, we have investigated the ultimate limits of these two methods in the deep sub-wavelength regime. It has been shown that AGID microscopy in the DUV spectral range is in principle capable of measuring line structures with CDs down to a few 10 nm, depending on the structure material. For scatterometry, no fundamental limit has been observed. In practice, a technical limit due to the limited signal-to-noise ratio is expected for CDs of a few nm in width.

  18. Enhanced Optical Transmission and Sensing of a Thin Metal Film Perforated with a Compound Subwavelength Circular Hole Array

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    Zhang, Xiangnan; Liu, Guiqiang; Liu, Zhengqi; Hu, Ying; Cai, Zhengjie

    2015-12-01

    We propose and numerically investigate the optical transmission behaviors of a sub-wavelength metal film perforated with a two-dimensional square array of compound circular holes. Enhanced optical transmission is obtained by using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, which can be mainly attributed to the excitation and coupling of localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) and surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), and Fano Resonances. The redshift of the transmission peak can be achieved by enlarging the size and number of small holes, the environmental dielectric constant. These indicate that the proposed structure has potential applications in integrated optoelectronic devices such as plasmonic filters and sensors. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11464019, 11264017, 11004088), Young Scientist Development Program of China (No. 20142BCB23008) and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province, China (Nos. 2014BAB212001, 20112BBE5033)

  19. Bio-functionalized silk hydrogel microfluidic systems.

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    Zhao, Siwei; Chen, Ying; Partlow, Benjamin P; Golding, Anne S; Tseng, Peter; Coburn, Jeannine; Applegate, Matthew B; Moreau, Jodie E; Omenetto, Fiorenzo G; Kaplan, David L

    2016-07-01

    Bio-functionalized microfluidic systems were developed based on a silk protein hydrogel elastomeric materials. A facile multilayer fabrication method using gelatin sacrificial molding and layer-by-layer assembly was implemented to construct interconnected, three dimensional (3D) microchannel networks in silk hydrogels at 100 μm minimum feature resolution. Mechanically activated valves were implemented to demonstrate pneumatic control of microflow. The silk hydrogel microfluidics exhibit controllable mechanical properties, long-term stability in various environmental conditions, tunable in vitro and in vivo degradability in addition to optical transparency, providing unique features for cell/tissue-related applications than conventional polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and existing hydrogel-based microfluidic options. As demonstrated in the work here, the all aqueous-based fabrication process at ambient conditions enabled the incorporation of active biological substances in the bulk phase of these new silk microfluidic systems during device fabrication, including enzymes and living cells, which are able to interact with the fluid flow in the microchannels. These silk hydrogel-based microfluidic systems offer new opportunities in engineering active diagnostic devices, tissues and organs that could be integrated in vivo, and for on-chip cell sensing systems. PMID:27077566

  20. The Subwavelength Optical Field Confinement in a Multilayered Microsphere with Quasiperiodic Spherical Stack

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    Gennadiy N. Burlak

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available We study the frequency spectrum of nanoemitters placed in a microsphere with a quasiperiodic subwavelength spherical stack. The spectral evolution of transmittancy at the change of thickness of two-layer blocks, constructed following the Fibonacci sequence, is investigated. When the number of layers (Fibonacci order increases, the structure of spectrum acquires a fractal form. Our calculations show the radiation confinement and gigantic field enhancement, when the ratio of layers’ widths in twolayer blocks of the stack is close to the golden mean value.

  1. Utilization of Field Enhancement in Plasmonic Waveguides for Subwavelength Light-Guiding, Polarization Handling, Heating, and Optical Sensing

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    Daoxin Dai

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Plasmonic nanostructures have attracted intensive attention for many applications in recent years because of the field enhancement at the metal/dielectric interface. First, this strong field enhancement makes it possible to break the diffraction limit and enable subwavelength optical waveguiding, which is desired for nanophotonic integrated circuits with ultra-high integration density. Second, the field enhancement in plasmonic nanostructures occurs only for the polarization mode whose electric field is perpendicular to the metal/dielectric interface, and thus the strong birefringence is beneficial for realizing ultra-small polarization-sensitive/selective devices, including polarization beam splitters, and polarizers. Third, plasmonic nanostructures provide an excellent platform of merging electronics and photonics for some applications, e.g., thermal tuning, photo-thermal detection, etc. Finally, the field enhancement at the metal/dielectric interface helps a lot to realize optical sensors with high sensitivity when introducing plasmonic nanostrutures. In this paper, we give a review for recent progresses on the utilization of field enhancement in plasmonic nanostructures for these applications, e.g., waveguiding, polarization handling, heating, as well as optical sensing.

  2. Feasibility demonstration of a massively parallelizable optical near-field sensor for sub-wavelength defect detection and imaging.

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    Mostafavi, Mahkamehossadat; Diaz, Rodolfo E

    2016-01-01

    To detect and resolve sub-wavelength features at optical frequencies, beyond the diffraction limit, requires sensors that interact with the electromagnetic near-field of those features. Most instruments operating in this modality scan a single detector element across the surface under inspection because the scattered signals from a multiplicity of such elements would end up interfering with each other. However, an alternative massively parallelized configuration, capable of interrogating multiple adjacent areas of the surface at the same time, was proposed in 2002. Full physics simulations of the photonic antenna detector element that enables this instrument, show that using conventional red laser light (in the 600 nm range) the detector magnifies the signal from an 8 nm particle by up to 1.5 orders of magnitude. The antenna is a shaped slot element in a 60 nm silver film. The ability of this detector element to resolve λ/78 objects is confirmed experimentally at radio frequencies by fabricating an artificial material structure that mimics the optical permittivity of silver scaled to 2 GHz, and "cutting" into it the slot antenna. The experimental set-up is also used to demonstrate the imaging of a patterned surface in which the critical dimensions of the pattern are λ/22 in size. PMID:27185385

  3. Near-field enhancement and sub-wavelength imaging in the optical region using a pair of two-dimensional arrays of metal nanospheres

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    Alitalo, Pekka; Simovski, Constantin; Viitanen, Ari; Tretyakov, Sergei

    2006-01-01

    Near-field enhancement and sub-wavelength imaging properties of a system comprising a coupled pair of two-dimensional arrays of resonant nanospheres are studied. The concept of using two coupled material sheets possessing surface mode resonances for evanescent field enhancement is already well established in the microwave region. This paper shows that the same principles can be applied also in the optical region, where the performance of the resonant sheets can be realized with the use of met...

  4. Atom waveguide using a two-color evanescent light field around a subwavelength-diameter optical fiber

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    Le Kien, F; Hakuta, K; Kien, Fam Le

    2004-01-01

    We suggest using a two-color evanescent light field around a subwavelength-diameter fiber to trap and guide atoms. The optical fiber carries a red-detuned light and a blue-detuned light, with both modes far from resonance. When both input light fields are circularly polarized, a set of trapping minima of the total potential in the transverse plane is formed as a ring around the fiber. This design allows confinement of atoms to a cylindrical shell around the fiber. When one or both of the input light fields are linearly polarized, the total potential has two local minimum points in the transverse plane. This design allows confinement of atoms to two straight lines parallel to the fiber axis. Due to the thin thickness of the fiber, we can use far-off-resonance fields with substantially differing evanescent decay lengths to produce a net potential with a large depth, a large coherence time, and a large trap lifetime. For example, a 0.2-$\\mu$m-radius silica fiber carrying 30 mW of 1.06-$\\mu$m-wavelength light and...

  5. Rapid replication and facile modulation of subwavelength antireflective polymer film using injection nanomolding and optical property of multilayer coatings

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    Fuh, Yiin-Kuen; Peng, Cheng-Chang; Huang, Chieh-Tse

    2013-10-01

    A rapid, cost-effective and high-throughput process for nanotexturing subwavelength structures with high uniformity using the polycarbonate (PC) is realized via injection nanomolding. The process enables the precise control of nanohole array (NHA) surface topography (nanohole depth, diameter, and periodicity) over large areas thereby presenting a highly versatile platform for fabricating substrates with user-defined, functional performance. Specifically, the optical property of the PC substrates were systematically characterized and tuned through the modulation of the depths of NHA. The aspect ratio submicron holes can be easily modulated and experimentally proven by simply adjusting the molding temperature. The nanotextured depths were reliably fabricated in the range of 200 to 400 nm with a period of approximately 700 nm. The fabricated PC films can reduce the reflectivity from an original bare film of 10.2% and 8.9% to 1.4% and 2.1% with 400-nm depth of nanoholes at the wavelength of 400 and 550 nm, respectively. Compared with conventional moth-like nanostructures with nanopillar arrays with heights adjustable only by an etching process, this paper proposes a facile route with submicron holes to achieve a similar antireflective function, with a significantly reduced time and facile height modulation capability. Furthermore, the effects of multilayer coatings of dielectric and metallic layers on the nanomolded NHA have been performed and potential sensing application is explored.

  6. About the Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and the determination of effective optical indices in integrated photonics at high sub-wavelength regime

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    Bêche, Bruno

    2016-01-01

    Within the Heisenberg's uncertainty principle it is explicitly discussed the impact of these inequalities on the theory of integrated photonics at sub-wavelength regime. More especially, the uncertainty of the effective index values in nanophotonics at sub-wavelength regime, which is defined as the eigenvalue of the overall opto-geometric problems in integrated photonics, appears directly stemming from Heisenberg's uncertainty. An apt formula is obtained allowing us to assume that the incertitude and the notion of eigenvalue called effective optical index or propagation constant is inversely proportional to the spatial dimensions of a given nanostructure yielding a transfer of the fuzziness on relevant senses of eigenvalues below a specific limit's volume.

  7. Optical microscopy using a glass microsphere for metrology of sub-wavelength nanostructures

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    Yang, Hui; Gijs, Martin A.M.

    2015-01-01

    A technique that allows direct optical imaging of nanostructures and determines quantitatively geometric nanofeatures beyond the classical diffraction limit by using high-refractive index glass microspheres is introduced. The glass microsphere is put on a nanostructure that is immersed in oil and collects the sample's near-field evanescent wave and transforms it into a propagating one, thereby generating a magnified image in the far-field which is recorded by a conventional oil-immersion micr...

  8. Optical properties of waveguide-coupled nanowires for sub-wavelength detection in microspectrometer applications

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    In this paper we experimentally investigate optical interactions between gold nanowires and fs-laser written waveguides in a view of applications for stationary-wave integrated Fourier-transform spectrometers in a movable mirror configuration. For this purpose we fabricated gold nanowires of widths in the range from 40 to 130 nm and of 25 nm in thickness directly on the surface of a borosilicate glass containing fs-laser written optical waveguides beneath. The out-coupling efficiency and the radiation pattern angular distribution were investigated at the wavelength of 850 nm, dependent on the geometrical size of the nanowires, the position of the waveguides under the surface, and the light polarization. We also report measured plasmonic scattering spectra of the nanowires in the wavelength range of 400 to 900 nm. Our findings show that the chosen geometries and material systems are promising candidates for the use in integrated focal plane array spectrometer devices. Finally, we demonstrate the successful operation of a waveguide spectrometer modified by a movable mirror with a stroke of more than 10 μm. (paper)

  9. Near-field enhancement and sub-wavelength imaging in the optical region using a pair of two-dimensional arrays of metal nanospheres

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    Alitalo, P; Tretyakov, S; Viitanen, A; Alitalo, Pekka; Simovski, Constantin; Tretyakov, Sergei; Viitanen, Ari

    2006-01-01

    Near-field enhancement and sub-wavelength imaging properties of a system comprising a coupled pair of two-dimensional arrays of resonant nanospheres are studied. The concept of using two coupled material sheets possessing surface mode resonances for evanescent field enhancement is already well established in the microwave region. This paper shows that the same principles can be applied also in the optical region, where the performance of the resonant sheets can be realized with the use of metallic nanoparticles. In this paper we present design of such structures and study the electric field distributions in the image plane of such superlens.

  10. Flexible WDM/FTDM passive optical network with RZ-seeded all-optical sub-wavelength grid engine

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    Schrenk, Bernhard; Katopodis, Vasilis; Bauwelinck, Johan; Lázaro Villa, José Antonio; Yin, Xin; Bakopoulos, Paraskevas; Spyropoulou, Maria; Qiu, Xing Z.; Avramopoulos, Hércules

    2013-01-01

    All-optical FDM grid generation and channel selection is experimentally demonstrated through optical signal processing. Full-duplex 10G/2×10G transmission with reflective ONUs is validated for 20dB budget and 25km reach. An optional 10Gb/s FDM/TDM mode is verified.

  11. Bio-Functional Au/Si Nanorods for Pathogen Detection

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    Technical Abstract Nanotechnology applications for food safety and biosecurity, especially development of nanoscale sensors for foodborne pathogen measurement are emerging. A novel bio-functional nanosensor for Salmonella detection was developed using hetero-nanorods. The silica nanorods were fabr...

  12. Subwavelength nanopatterning of photochromic diarylethene films

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    Cantu, Precious; Brimhall, Nicole; Menon, Rajesh [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112 (United States); Andrew, Trisha L. [Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Castagna, Rossella; Bertarelli, Chiara [Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica ' ' Giulio Natta' ' , Politecnico di Milano, P.zza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano (Italy); Center for Nano Science and Technology - PoliMi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano (Italy)

    2012-04-30

    The resolution of optical patterning is constrained by the far-field diffraction limit. In this letter, we describe an approach that exploits the unique photo- and electro-chemistry of diarylethene photochromic molecules to overcome this diffraction limit and achieve sub-wavelength nanopatterning.

  13. Sub-wavelength imaging by depolarization in a reflection near-field optical microscope using an uncoated fiber probe

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    Madsen, Steen; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1998-01-01

    We present a reflection scanning near-field optical microscope utilizing counter-directional light propagation in an uncoated fiber probe, cross-polarized detection and shear-force feedback. Topographical and near-field optical imaging with a scanning speed of up to 10 mu m/s and a lateral resolu...... resolution better than 40 nm are demonstrated with a latex projection test sample. Determination of the optical resolution as well as correlation between topographical and near-field optical images are discussed. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V....

  14. Extreme localization of light with femtosecond subwavelength rogue waves

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    Liu, Changxu

    2015-01-01

    By using theory and experiments, we investigate a new mechanism based on spontaneous synchronization of random waves which generates ultrafast subwavelength rare events in integrated photonic chips. © 2014 Optical Society of America.

  15. Bio-functional Au/Si Nanrods for Pathogen Detection

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    Nanotechnology applications for food safety and biosecurity, especially development of nanoscale sensors for foodborne pathogen measurement are emerging. A novel bio-functional nanosensor for Salmonella detection was developed using hetero-nanorods. The silica nanorods were fabricated by glancing a...

  16. The subwavelength tuned magneto-optical Kerr effect in L10-FePt films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    For L10-FePt films with strong perpendicular anisotropy covered by arrays of hexagonal close-packed polystyrene spheres (PSSs), fine structures are observed in magneto-optical Kerr rotation spectra in the visible spectral range. The reflection minima are found to be located at the same wavelengths as the Kerr rotation peaks. The Kerr rotation enhancement is attributed to the excitation of both the surface plasmon polariton in the dielectric PSS/metal interface and the guide waves (guide mode) in the PSS array. The two-dimensional PSSs/SiO2/FePt system exhibiting a tunable magneto-optical Kerr effect and a high perpendicular magnetic anisotropy will be helpful for designing and fabricating magneto-optics devices

  17. Subwavelength particles in an inhomogeneous light field: Optical forces associated with the spin and orbital energy flows

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    Bekshaev, Aleksandr

    2012-01-01

    We analyze the ponderomotive action experienced by a small spherical particle immersed in an optical field, in relation to the internal energy flows (optical currents) and their spin and orbital constituents. The problem is studied analytically, based on the dipole model, and numerically. Three sources of the field mechanical action - energy density gradient and the orbital and spin parts of the energy flow - differ by the ponderomotive mechanism, and their physical nature manifests itself in the optical force dependence on the particle radius a. If a is much less than the radiation wavelength, the optical force behaves as a^n and integer n can be used to classify the sources of the mechanical action. This classification correlates with the multipole representation of the field-particle interaction: The gradient force and the orbital-momentum force appear due to the electric or magnetic dipole moments per se, the spin-momentum force emerges due to interaction between the electric and magnetic dipoles or betwe...

  18. Subwavelength particles in an inhomogeneous light field: optical forces associated with the spin and orbital energy flows

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    We analyse the ponderomotive action experienced by a small spherical particle immersed in an optical field, in relation to the internal energy flows (optical currents) and their spin and orbital constituents. The problem is studied analytically, on the basis of the dipole model, and numerically. The three sources of the field mechanical action—the energy density gradient and the orbital and spin parts of the energy flow—differ in their ponderomotive mechanisms, and their physical nature manifests itself in the dependence of the optical force on the particle radius a. If a ≪ λ (the radiation wavelength), the optical force behaves as aν, and integer ν can be used to classify the sources of the mechanical action. This classification correlates with the multipole representation of the field–particle interaction: the gradient force and the orbital momentum force appear due to the electric or magnetic dipole moments per se; the spin momentum force emerges due to interaction between the electric and magnetic dipoles or between the dipole and quadrupole moments (if the particle is polarizable electrically but not magnetically or vice versa). In principle, the spin and orbital currents can be measured separately through the probe particle motion, employing a special choice of particles with the necessary magnetic and/or electric properties. (paper)

  19. Coupling polariton quantum boxes in sub-wavelength grating microcavities

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    We report the construction of decoupled, coupled, and quasi-one dimensional polariton systems from zero dimensional polariton quantum boxes using microcavities with sub-wavelength gratings as the top mirror. By designing the tethering patterns around the suspended sub-wavelength gratings, we control the coupling between individual quantum boxes through different optical potentials. Energy levels and real-space or momentum space distributions of the confined modes were measured, which agreed well with simulations

  20. Subwavelength films for standoff radiation dosimetry

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    Alvine, Kyle J.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Bennett, Wendy D.; Schemer-Kohrn, Alan L.; Suter, Jonathan D.

    2015-05-22

    We present optical subwavelength nanostructure architecture suitable for standoff radiation dosimetry with remote optical readout in the visible or infrared spectral regions. To achieve this, films of subwavelength structures are fabricated over several square inches via the creation of a 2D non-close packed (NCP) array template of radiation-sensitive polymeric nanoparticles, followed by magnetron sputtering of a metallic coating to form a 2D array of separated hemispherical nanoscale metallic shells. The nanoshells are highly reflective at resonance in the visible or infrared depending on design. These structures and their behavior are based on the open ring resonator (ORR) architecture and have their analog in resonant inductive-capacitive (LC) circuits, which display a resonance wavelength that is inversely proportional to the square root of the product of the inductance and capacitance. Therefore, any modification of the nanostructure material properties due to radiation alters the inductive or capacitive behavior of the subwavelength features, which in turn changes their optical properties resulting in a shift in the optical resonance. This shift in resonance may be remotely interrogated actively using either laser illumination or passively by hyperspectral or multispectral sensing with broadband illumination. These structures may be designed to be either anisotropic or isotropic, which can also offer polarization-sensitive interrogation. We present experimental measurements of a radiation induced shift in the optical resonance of a subwavelength film after exposure to an absorbed dose of gamma radiation from 2 Mrad up to 62 Mrad demonstrating the effect. Interestingly the resonance shift is non-monotonic for this material system and possible radiation damage mechanisms to the nanoparticles are discussed.

  1. Nano-Optics for Enhancing Light-Matter Interactions on a Molecular Scale Plasmonics, Photonic Materials and Sub-Wavelength Resolution

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    Collins, John

    2013-01-01

    This volume presents a considerable number of interrelated contributions dealing with the new scientific ability to shape and control matter and electromagnetic fields on a sub-wavelength scale. The topics range from the fundamental ones, such as photonic metamateriials, plasmonics and sub-wavelength resolution to the more applicative, such as detection of single molecules, tomography on a micro-chip, fluorescence spectroscopy of biological systems, coherent control of biomolecules, biosensing of single proteins, terahertz spectroscopy of nanoparticles, rare earth ion-doped nanoparticles, random lasing, and nanocoax array architecture. The various subjects bridge over the disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry, making this volume of interest to people working in these fields. The emphasis is on the principles behind each technique and on examining the full potential of each technique. The contributions that appear in this volume were presented at a NATO Advanced Study Institute that was held in Erice, ...

  2. Plasmonics: Manipulating Light at the Subwavelength Scale

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    Yong-Yuan Zhu

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The coupling of light to collective oscillation of electrons on the metal surface allows the creation of surface plasmon-polariton wave. This surface wave is of central interest in the field of plasmonics. In this paper, we will present a brief review of this field, focusing on the plasmonic waveguide and plasmonic transmission. In the plasmonic waveguide, the light can be guided along the metal surface with subwavelength lateral dimensions, enabling the possibility of high-density integration of the optical elements. On the other hand, in the plasmonic transmission, the propagation of light through a metal surface can be tailored with the subwavelength holes, leading to the anomalous transmission behaviors which have received extensive investigations in recent years. In addition, as a supplement to plasmonics in the visible and near-infrared region, the study of THz plasmonics has also been discussed.

  3. Transfer of orbital angular momentum through sub-wavelength waveguides.

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    Wang, Yanqin; Ma, Xiaoliang; Pu, Mingbo; Li, Xiong; Huang, Cheng; Pan, Wenbo; Zhao, Bo; Cui, Jianhua; Luo, Xiangang

    2015-02-01

    Data capacity of optical communication is achieving its limit owing to the non-linear effect of optical fiber. As an effective alternative, light carrying orbital angular momentum can greatly increase the capacity for its unprecedented degree of freedom. We demonstrate the propagation of orbital angular momentum with topological charge of 1 and 2 in plasmonic circular waveguide with sub-wavelength diameter with little propagation loss of 2.73 dB/μm, which has never been observed in optical fibers with sub-wavelength diameter. We also confirm that lights carrying orbital angular momentum can be maintained in sharp bended sub-wavelength waveguide. This plasmonic waveguide may serve as a key component in on-chip systems involving OAM. PMID:25836146

  4. Nanostructured and subwavelength waveguides fundamentals and applications

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    Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2012-01-01

    Optical waveguides take a prominent role in photonics because they are able to trap and to transport light efficiently between a point of excitation and a point of detection. Moreover, waveguides allow the management of many of the fundamental properties of light and allow highly controlled interaction with other optical systems. For this reason waveguides are ubiquitous in telecommunications, sensing, spectroscopy, light sources, and high power light delivery. Nanostructured and subwavelength waveguides have additional advantages; they are able to confine light at a length scale below the dif

  5. Bio-functionalization of silicon nitride-based piezo-resistive microcantilevers

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    Nitin S Kale; Manoj Joshi; P Nageswara Rao; S Mukherji; V Ramgopal Rao

    2009-08-01

    Methods of bio-functionalize silicon nitride involve process steps to convert it into an oxynitride via plasma implantation techniques. Such methods can potentially damage microstructures such as cantilevers. In this paper, we report successful bio-functionalization of Hotwire CVD silicon nitride-based piezo-resistive cantilevers without any oxygen plasma treatment. Process to fabricate such structures and to bio-functionalize them is discussed in detail.

  6. Bio-functional Au/Si nanorods for pathogen detection

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    Park, Bosoon; Fu, Junxue; Zhao, Yiping; Siragusa, Gregory R.; Cho, Yong-Jin; Lawrence, Kurt C.; Windham, William R.

    2007-09-01

    Nanotechnology applications for food safety and biosecurity, especially development of nanoscale sensors for foodborne pathogen measurement are emerging. A novel bio-functional nanosensor for Salmonella detection was developed using hetero-nanorods. The silica nanorods were fabricated by glancing angle deposition method and the gold was sputtered onto the silica nanorods. Alexa488-succinimide dye was immobilized onto the annealed Si nanorods via the attachment between dye ester and primary amine group supplied by the 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane. The anti-Salmonella was conjugated to gold via Dithiobis[succinimidylpropionate] self-assembly monolayer. Due to the high aspect ratio nature of the Si nanorods, hundreds or thousands of dye molecules attached to the Si nanorods produced enhanced fluorescence signal. These biologically functionalized nanorods can be used to detect Salmonella with fluorescent microscopic imaging. This new nanoscale biosensor will be able to detect other foodborne pathogenic bacteria for food safety and security applications.

  7. Evolutionary optimization of compact dielectric lens for farfield sub-wavelength imaging

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    Zhang, Jingjing

    2015-01-01

    The resolution of conventional optical lenses is limited by diffraction. For decades researchers have made various attempts to beat the diffraction limit and realize subwavelength imaging. Here we present the approach to design modified solid immersion lenses that deliver the subwavelength inform...

  8. A microspectrometer based on subwavelength metal nanohole array

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    Cui, Jun; Xia, Liangping; Yang, Zheng; Yin, Lu; Zheng, Guoxing; Yin, Shaoyun; Du, Chunlei

    2014-11-01

    Catering to the active demand of the miniaturization of spectrometers, a simple microspectrometer with small size and light weight is presented in this paper. The presented microspectrometer is a typical filter-based spectrometer using the extraordinary optical transmission property of subwavelength metal hole array structure. Different subwavelength metal nanohole arrays are designed to work as different filter units obtained by changing the lattice parameters. By processing the filter spectra with a unique algorithm based on sparse representation, the proposed spectrometer is demonstrated to have the capability of high spectral resolution and accuracy. Benefit for the thin filmed feature, the microspectrometer is expected to find its application in integrated optical systems.

  9. Single-cycle gap soliton in a subwavelength structure

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    Xie, Xiao-Tao; Macovei, Mihai A.

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate that a single sub-cycle optical pulse can be generated when a pulse with a few optical cycles penetrates through resonant two-level dense media with a subwavelength structure. The single-cycle gap soliton phenomenon in the full Maxwell-Bloch equations without the frame of slowly varying envelope and rotating wave approximations is observed. Our study shows that the subwavelength structure can be used to suppress the frequency shift caused by intrapulse four-wave mixing in conti...

  10. Joint FDTD-Optical/FEM-Electrical Numerical Simulation of Reflection-Type Subwavelength-Microstructure InSb Infrared Focal-Plane Arrays

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    He, J. L.; Hu, W. D.; Ye, Z. H.; Lv, Y. Q.; Chen, X. S.; Lu, W.

    2016-05-01

    The design of a reflection-type subwavelength microstructure has been numerically investigated to concentrate incident light onto pixels for improved photoresponse of InSb infrared focal-plane arrays. Compared with traditional microlenses placed on top of the detector substrate, this reflection-type microstructure is better suited for extremely small pixel pitches. The structure is simulated using a joint numerical method combining the finite-difference time-domain method based on Maxwell's curl equations and the finite-element method based on the Poisson and continuity equations. The results show that this advanced design could effectively improve device response without sacrificing crosstalk. The optimal structure parameters are obtained theoretically, with response increase of approximately 100%.

  11. Subwavelength focusing using a hyperbolic medium with a single slit.

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    Li, Guixin; Li, Jensen; Cheah, Kok Wai

    2011-11-01

    A hyperbolic dispersion medium with a planar surface that can be used for subwavelength focusing is proposed. By combining the hyperbolic medium in a single slit with diffraction limit width, a laser beam could be focused to a subwavelength spot in the near field. Compared to a conventional superlens, the subdiffraction focusing in this work has higher optical throughput. Using a planar hyperbolic medium, which is actually alternating silver/dielectric multilayers, we showed that the focusing resolution of the designed device is down to ~λ/5 using green light illumination (at a wavelength of 514.5 nm). PMID:22086043

  12. Multiscale analysis of subwavelength imaging with metal-dielectric multilayers.

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    Kotyński, Rafał; Stefaniuk, Tomasz

    2010-04-15

    Imaging with a layered superlens is a spatial filtering operation characterized by the point spread function (PSF). We show that in the same optical system the image of a narrow subwavelength Gaussian incident field may be surprisingly dissimilar to the PSF, and the width of the PSF is not a straightforward measure of the resolution. The FWHM or standard deviation of the PSF gives ambiguous information about the actual resolution, and imaging of objects smaller than the FWHM of the PSF is possible. A multiscale analysis of imaging gives good insight into the peculiar scale-dependent properties of subwavelength imaging. PMID:20410943

  13. Metallic subwavelength structures for a broadband infrared absorption control

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    Biener, Gabriel; Niv, Avi; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2007-04-01

    We present a method to control the absorption of a resonator by using a subwavelength structure consisting of thin metallic plates that behaves as a metamaterial film. We demonstrate the ability to tailor the conductivity of such a metallic subwavelength structure to achieve a resonator with the desired impedance matching for the mid-infrared range. This approach provides for broadband, as well as broad-angle, enhanced absorption. Theoretical analyses, as well as experimental results of the optical properties of a metallic NiCr structure at 8-12 μm spectral range are introduced.

  14. Subwavelength Plasmonic Lattice Solitons in Arrays of Metallic Nanowires

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    Ye, Fangwei; Hu, Bambi; Panoiu, Nicolae C

    2010-01-01

    We predict theoretically that stable subwavelength plasmonic lattice solitons (PLSs) are formed in arrays of metallic nanowires embedded in a nonlinear medium. The tight confinement of the guiding modes of the metallic nanowires, combined with the strong nonlinearity induced by the enhanced field at the metal surface, provide the main physical mechanisms for balancing the wave diffraction and the formation of PLSs. As the conditions required for the formation of PLSs are satisfied in a variety of plasmonic systems, we expect these nonlinear modes to have important applications to subwavelength nanophotonics. In particular, we show that the subwavelength PLSs can be used to optically manipulate with nanometer accuracy the power flow in ultracompact photonic systems.

  15. Subwavelength terahertz imaging with graphene hyperlens

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    Andryieuski, Andrei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2012-01-01

    ) [2]. Direct scaling of optical designs to the THz range is not possible, since metal’s negative permittivity becomes too large in absolute value. This is why the employment of new materials is required. In this contribution we report for the first time the graphene wire medium based hyperlens....... Stacking multiple structured graphene layers provides the hyperbolic dispersion. To restore the graphene wire medium dispersion diagrams and isofrequency contours we developed a rigorous numerical method. It also gives the possibility to calculate the permittivity tensor and to check the applicability...... of the homogeneous medium approach. Our numerical simulations in COMSOL and CST Microwave Studio confirm the subwavelength imaging properties of the graphene hyperlens. An example of magnification of two point sources separated by λ/5 to the size of few wavelength, which then can be detected with conventional optics...

  16. Template-mediated synthesis and bio-functionalization of flexible lignin-based nanotubes and nanowires

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    Caicedo, Hector M.; Dempere, Luisa A.; Vermerris, Wilfred

    2012-03-01

    Limitations of cylindrical carbon nanotubes based on the buckminsterfullerene structure as delivery vehicles for therapeutic agents include their chemical inertness, sharp edges and toxicological concerns. As an alternative, we have developed lignin-based nanotubes synthesized in a sacrificial template of commercially available alumina membranes. Lignin is a complex phenolic plant cell wall polymer that is generated as a waste product from paper mills and biorefineries that process lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and chemicals. We covalently linked isolated lignin to the inner walls of activated alumina membranes and then added layers of dehydrogenation polymer onto this base layer via a peroxidase-catalyzed reaction. By using phenolic monomers displaying different reactivities, we were able to change the thickness of the polymer layer deposited within the pores, resulting in the synthesis of nanotubes with a wall thickness of approximately 15 nm or nanowires with a nominal diameter of 200 nm. These novel nanotubes are flexible and can be bio-functionalized easily and specifically, as shown by in vitro assays with biotin and Concanavalin A. Together with their intrinsic optical properties, which can also be varied as a function of their chemical composition, these lignin-based nanotubes are expected to enable a variety of new applications including as delivery systems that can be easily localized and imaged after uptake by living cells.

  17. Template-mediated synthesis and bio-functionalization of flexible lignin-based nanotubes and nanowires

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    Limitations of cylindrical carbon nanotubes based on the buckminsterfullerene structure as delivery vehicles for therapeutic agents include their chemical inertness, sharp edges and toxicological concerns. As an alternative, we have developed lignin-based nanotubes synthesized in a sacrificial template of commercially available alumina membranes. Lignin is a complex phenolic plant cell wall polymer that is generated as a waste product from paper mills and biorefineries that process lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and chemicals. We covalently linked isolated lignin to the inner walls of activated alumina membranes and then added layers of dehydrogenation polymer onto this base layer via a peroxidase-catalyzed reaction. By using phenolic monomers displaying different reactivities, we were able to change the thickness of the polymer layer deposited within the pores, resulting in the synthesis of nanotubes with a wall thickness of approximately 15 nm or nanowires with a nominal diameter of 200 nm. These novel nanotubes are flexible and can be bio-functionalized easily and specifically, as shown by in vitro assays with biotin and Concanavalin A. Together with their intrinsic optical properties, which can also be varied as a function of their chemical composition, these lignin-based nanotubes are expected to enable a variety of new applications including as delivery systems that can be easily localized and imaged after uptake by living cells. (paper)

  18. Deep Subwavelength Plasmonic Lasers

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    Oulton, Rupert F; Zentgraf, Thomas; Ma, Renmin; Gladden, Christopher; Dai, Lun; Bartal, Guy; Zhang, Xiang

    2009-01-01

    Laser science has tackled physical limitations to achieve higher power, faster and smaller light sources. The quest for ultra-compact laser that can directly generate coherent optical fields at the nano-scale, far beyond the diffraction limit of light, remains a key fundamental challenge. Microscopic lasers based on photonic crystals, micro-disks, metal clad cavities and nanowires can now reach the diffraction limit, which restricts both the optical mode size and physical device dimension to be larger than half a wavelength. While surface plasmons are capable of tightly localizing light, ohmic loss at optical frequencies has inhibited the realization of truly nano-scale lasers. Recent theory has proposed a way to significantly reduce plasmonic loss while maintaining ultra-small modes by using a hybrid plasmonic waveguide. Using this approach, we report an experimental demonstration of nano-scale plasmonic lasers producing optical modes 100 times smaller than the diffraction limit, utilizing a high gain Cadmiu...

  19. Subwavelength resolution for horizontal and vertical polarization by coupled arrays of oblate nanoellipsoids

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    Mateo-Segura, Carolina; Goussetis, George; Tretyakov, Sergei

    2009-01-01

    A structure comprising a coupled pair of two-dimensional arrays of oblate plasmonic nanoellipsoids in a dielectric host medium is proposed as a superlens in the optical domain for both horizontal and vertical polarizations. By means of simulations it is demonstrated that a structure formed by silver nanoellipsoids is capable of restoring subwavelength features of the object for both polarizations at distances larger than half-wavelength. The bandwidth of subwavelength resolution is in all cases very large (above 13%).

  20. Subwavelength resolution for horizontal and vertical polarization by coupled arrays of oblate nanoellipsoids

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    Mateo-Segura, Carolina; Simovski, Constantin; Goussetis, George; Tretyakov, Sergei

    2009-01-01

    A structure comprising a coupled pair of two-dimensional arrays of oblate plasmonic nanoellipsoids in a dielectric host medium is proposed as a superlens in the optical domain for both horizontal and vertical polarizations. By means of simulations it is demonstrated that a structure formed by silver nanoellipsoids is capable of restoring subwavelength features of the object for both polarizations at distances larger than half-wavelength. The bandwidth of subwavelength resolution is in all cas...

  1. Subwavelength resolution for horizontal and vertical polarization by coupled arrays of oblate nanoellipsoids.

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    Mateo-Segura, Carolina; Simovski, Constantin R; Goussetis, George; Tretyakov, Sergei

    2009-08-01

    A structure comprising a coupled pair of two-dimensional arrays of oblate plasmonic nanoellipsoids in a dielectric host medium is proposed as a superlens in the optical domain for both horizontal and vertical polarizations. By means of simulations it is demonstrated that a structure formed by silver nanoellipsoids is capable of restoring subwavelength features of the object for both polarizations at distances larger than half wavelength. The bandwidth of subwavelength resolution is in all cases very large (above 13%). PMID:19649088

  2. Super sub-wavelength patterns in photon coincidence detection

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    Liu, Ruifeng; Zhang, Pei; Zhou, Yu; Gao, Hong; Li, Fuli

    2014-02-01

    High-precision measurements implemented with light are desired in all fields of science. However, light acts as a wave, and the Rayleigh criterion in classical optics yields a diffraction limit that prevents obtaining a resolution smaller than the wavelength. Sub-wavelength interference has potential application in lithography because it beats the classical Rayleigh resolution limit. Here, we carefully study second-order correlation theory to establish the physics behind sub-wavelength interference in photon coincidence detection. A Young's double slit experiment with pseudo-thermal light is performed to test the second-order correlation pattern. The results show that when two point detectors are scanned in different ways, super sub-wavelength interference patterns can be obtained. We then provide a theoretical explanation for this surprising result, and demonstrate that this explanation is also suitable for the results found for entangled light. Furthermore, we discuss the limitations of these types of super sub-wavelength interference patterns in quantum lithography.

  3. Subwavelength line imaging using plasmonic waveguides

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    Podoliak, Nina; Prangsma, Jord C; Pinkse, Pepijn W H

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the subwavelength imaging capacity of a two-dimensional fanned-out plasmonic waveguide array, formed by air channels surrounded by gold metal layers for operation at near-infrared wavelengths, via finite element simulations. High resolution is achieved on one side of the device by tapering down the channel width while simultaneously maintaining propagation losses of a few dB. On the other, low-resolution side, output couplers are designed to optimize coupling to free space and to minimize channel cross talk via surface plasmons. Point sources separated by {\\lambda}/15 can still be clearly distinguished. Moreover, up two 90% of the power of a point dipole is coupled to the device. Applications are high-resolution linear detector arrays and, by operating the device in reverse, high-resolution optical writing.

  4. Multiscale analysis of subwavelength imaging with metal-dielectric multilayers

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    Kotynski, Rafal; Stefaniuk, Tomasz

    2009-01-01

    Imaging with a layered superlens is a spatial filtering operation characterized by the point spread function (PSF). We show that in the same optical system the image of a narrow sub-wavelength Gaussian incident field may be surprisingly dissimilar to the PSF, and the width of PSF is not a straightforward measure of resolution. FWHM or std. dev. of PSF give ambiguous information about the actual resolution, and imaging of objects smaller than the FWHM of PSF is possible. A multiscale analysis ...

  5. Funneling Light Through a Subwavelength Aperture with Epsilon-Near-Zero Materials

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    Slocum, David; Adams, David C; Vangala, Shivashankar; Kuhta, Nicholas A; Goodhue, William D; Podolskiy, Viktor A; Wasserman, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    Integration of the next generation of photonic structures with electronic and optical on-chip components requires the development of effective methods for confining and controlling light in subwavelength volumes. Several techniques enabling light coupling to sub-wavelength objects have recently been proposed, including grating-, and composite-based solutions. However, experi-mental realization of these couplers involves complex fabrication with \\sim 10nm resolution in three dimensions. One promising alternative to complex coupling structures involves materials with vanishingly small dielectric permittivity, also known as epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) materials. In contrast to the previously referenced approaches, a single at layer of ENZ-material is expected to provide effcient coupling between free-space radiation and sub-wavelength guiding structures. Here we report the first direct observation of bulk-ENZ-enhanced transmission through a subwavelength slit, accompanied by a theoretical study of this phenomenon. O...

  6. Stacked subwavelength gratings for imaging polarimetry

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    Deguzman, Panfilo Castro

    The stacking of subwavelength gratings (SWG) in an integrated structure is presented for an application in imaging polarimetry. Imaging polarimetry extends the capability of conventional imaging by providing polarization information about a scene, in addition to variations in intensity. In this dissertation, a novel approach is introduced to develop a real-time imaging polarimeter. Subwavelength gratings are implemented as linear and circular polarization filters that are directly mounted onto the focal plane array of an infrared (IR) camera. Wire grid polarizers are used as linear polarization filters. The stacked structure, consisting of a wire grid polarizer and a form birefringent quarter-wave plate (QWP), implements the circular polarization filter and is the focus of this dissertation. Initial investigations of the development of the individual SWG components and their integration are presented. Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis (RCWA) was used to design the SWG structures. A broadband form birefringent quarter-wave plate for the 3.5 to 5 μm wavelength range was designed as a grating structure patterned directly into the substrate. Two fabrication methods for the wire grid polarizer were investigated. A 0.5 μm period polarizer was patterned by interference lithography. A 1 μm period polarizer was patterned by contact printing. The stacking of the subwavelength grating structures was analyzed using the Jones Matrix calculus and a new RCWA method (developed by fellow graduate student Jianhua Jiang). Stacked SWG's were fabricated as large area (1.3 cm x 1.3 cm) filters and as a 256 x 256 array of small aperture (15 μm x 15 μm) pixels. Two stack designs were investigated, referred to as Stack I and Stack II. Stack I consisted of the 0.5 μm period polarizer and the form birefringent QWP. Stack II consisted of the I μm grid period polarizer and the form birefringent QWP. Simulation and measured results are presented to compare the cases of samples with and

  7. Subwavelength nonlinear phase control and anomalous phase matching in plasmonic metasurfaces

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    Almeida, Euclides; Shalem, Guy; Prior, Yehiam

    2016-01-01

    Metasurfaces, and in particular those containing plasmonic-based metallic elements, constitute an attractive set of materials with a potential for replacing standard bulky optical elements. In recent years, increasing attention has been focused on their nonlinear optical properties, particularly in the context of second and third harmonic generation and beam steering by phase gratings. Here, we harness the full phase control enabled by subwavelength plasmonic elements to demonstrate a unique metasurface phase matching that is required for efficient nonlinear processes. We discuss the difference between scattering by a grating and by subwavelength phase-gradient elements. We show that for such interfaces an anomalous phase-matching condition prevails, which is the nonlinear analogue of the generalized Snell's law. The subwavelength phase control of optical nonlinearities paves the way for the design of ultrathin, flat nonlinear optical elements. We demonstrate nonlinear metasurface lenses, which act both as generators and as manipulators of the frequency-converted signal.

  8. Subwavelength nonlinear phase control and anomalous phase matching in plasmonic metasurfaces.

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    Almeida, Euclides; Shalem, Guy; Prior, Yehiam

    2016-01-01

    Metasurfaces, and in particular those containing plasmonic-based metallic elements, constitute an attractive set of materials with a potential for replacing standard bulky optical elements. In recent years, increasing attention has been focused on their nonlinear optical properties, particularly in the context of second and third harmonic generation and beam steering by phase gratings. Here, we harness the full phase control enabled by subwavelength plasmonic elements to demonstrate a unique metasurface phase matching that is required for efficient nonlinear processes. We discuss the difference between scattering by a grating and by subwavelength phase-gradient elements. We show that for such interfaces an anomalous phase-matching condition prevails, which is the nonlinear analogue of the generalized Snell's law. The subwavelength phase control of optical nonlinearities paves the way for the design of ultrathin, flat nonlinear optical elements. We demonstrate nonlinear metasurface lenses, which act both as generators and as manipulators of the frequency-converted signal. PMID:26797164

  9. Vertical Transport of Subwavelength Localized Surface Electromagnetic Modes

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    Gao, Fei; Zhang, Youming; Shi, Xihang; Yang, Zhaoju; Zhang, Baile

    2015-01-01

    Transport of subwavelength electromagnetic (EM) energy has been achieved through near-field coupling of highly confined surface EM modes supported by plasmonic nanoparticles, in a configuration usually staying on a two-dimensional (2D) substrate. Vertical transport of similar modes along the third dimension, on the other hand, can bring more flexibility in designs of functional photonic devices, but this phenomenon has not been observed in reality. In this paper, designer (or spoof) surface plasmon resonators (plasmonic meta-atoms) are stacked in the direction vertical to their individual planes in demonstrating vertical transport of subwavelength localized surface EM modes. Dispersion relation of this vertical transport is determined from coupled mode theory and is verified with near-field transmission spectrum and field mapping with a microwave near-field scanning stage. This work extends the near-field coupled resonator optical waveguide (CROW) theory into the vertical direction, and may find applications ...

  10. Smart phone based bacterial detection using bio functionalized fluorescent nanoparticles

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    We are describing immunochromatographic test strips with smart phone-based fluorescence readout. They are intended for use in the detection of the foodborne bacterial pathogens Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli O157. Silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) were doped with FITC and Ru(bpy), conjugated to the respective antibodies, and then used in a conventional lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA). Fluorescence was recorded by inserting the nitrocellulose strip into a smart phone-based fluorimeter consisting of a light weight (40 g) optical module containing an LED light source, a fluorescence filter set and a lens attached to the integrated camera of the cell phone in order to acquire high-resolution fluorescence images. The images were analysed by exploiting the quick image processing application of the cell phone and enable the detection of pathogens within few minutes. This LFIA is capable of detecting pathogens in concentrations as low as 105 cfu mL−1 directly from test samples without pre-enrichment. The detection is one order of magnitude better compared to gold nanoparticle-based LFIAs under similar condition. The successful combination of fluorescent nanoparticle-based pathogen detection by LFIAs with a smart phone-based detection platform has resulted in a portable device with improved diagnosis features and having potential application in diagnostics and environmental monitoring. (author)

  11. Tunneling inhibition for subwavelength light

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    Huang, Changming; Ye, Fangwei; Kartashov, Yaroslav V; Chen, Xianfeng; Torner, Lluis

    2013-01-01

    We show that light tunneling inhibition may take place in suitable dynamically modulated waveguide arrays for light spots whose features are remarkably smaller than the wavelength of light. We found that tunneling between neighboring waveguides can be suppressed for specific frequencies of the out-of-phase refractive index modulation, affording undistorted propagation of the input subwavelength light spots over hundreds of Rayleigh lengths. Tunneling inhibition turns out to be effective only when the waveguide separation in the array is above a critical threshold. Inclusion of a weak focusing nonlinearity is shown to improve localization. We analyze the phenomenon in purely dielectric structures and also in arrays containing periodically spaced metallic layers.

  12. Cylindrical metamaterial-based subwavelength antenna

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    Erentok, Aycan; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Arslanagic, Samel

    2009-01-01

    A subwavelength monopole antenna radiating in the presence of a truncated cylindrical shell, which has a capped top face and is made of a negative permittivity metamaterial, is analyzed numerically by a method of moments for the volume-surface integral equation oil the one hand, and a finite...... element method on the other hand. It is shown that a center-fed truncated cylinder, in contrast to an infinite cylinder, provides subwavelength resonances, thus suggesting the possibility, of having a subwavelength antenna system....

  13. Bio-functionalized silver nanoparticles for selective colorimetric sensing of toxic metal ions and antimicrobial studies

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    Vinod Kumar, V.; Anbarasan, S.; Christena, Lawrence Rene; SaiSubramanian, Nagarajan; Philip Anthony, Savarimuthu

    2014-08-01

    Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Gongura) plant extracts (leaves (HL) and stem (HS) were used for the first time in the green synthesis of bio-functionalized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The bio-functionality of AgNPs has been successfully utilized for selective colorimetric sensing of potentially health and environmentally hazardous Hg2+, Cd2+ and Pb2+ metal ions at ppm level in aqueous solution. Importantly, clearly distinguishable colour for all three metal ions was observed. The influence of extract preparation condition and pH were also explored on the formation of AgNPs. Both selectivity and sensitivity differed for AgNPs synthesized from different parts of the plant. Direct correlation between the stability of green synthesized AgNPs at different pH and its antibacterial effects has been established. The selective colorimetric sensing of toxic metal ions and antimicrobial effect of green synthesized AgNPs demonstrated the multifunctional applications of green nanotechnology.

  14. Surface plasmon polaritons scattering by subwavelength dielectric particles

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    Aporvari, Mehdi Shafiei

    2015-01-01

    Surface plasmon polaritons scattering from subwavelength dielectric particles is investigated using finite difference time domain method. It is shown that coupling an incident surface plasmon polariton to inter-cavity modes of the particle can dramatically changes transmitted fields and plasmon-induced forces. In particular, both transmission and optical forces are highly sensitive to the particle size that is related to the excitation of whispering gallery modes or standing-wave modes depending on the particle shape and size. This features might have potential sensing applications.

  15. Subwavelength focusing of light with orbital angular momentum.

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    Heeres, Reinier W; Zwiller, Valery

    2014-08-13

    The spatial structure of light with Orbital Angular Momentum, or "twisted light", closely resembles the shape of atomic wave functions. It could therefore make symmetry-forbidden transitions possible in quantum dots, or "artificial atoms". However, the vanishing intensity in the center of an OAM beam usually makes this effect weak. Here we show a plasmonic approach to focus OAM light to subwavelength dimensions using metallic nanoscale resonant optical antennas. This allows to increase the field intensity of OAM light at the typical dimensions of quantum dots to an intensity larger than a regular Gaussian beam, which corresponds to increasing the interaction strength by 3 orders of magnitude. PMID:25051525

  16. Imaging of sub-wavelength structures radiating coherently near microspheres

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    Maslov, Alexey V., E-mail: avmaslov@yandex.ru [University of Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation); Astratov, Vasily N., E-mail: astratov@uncc.edu [Department of Physics and Optical Science, Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina 28223-0001 (United States)

    2016-02-01

    Using a two-dimensional model, we show that the optical images of a sub-wavelength object depend strongly on the excitation of its electromagnetic modes. There exist modes that enable the resolution of the object features smaller than the classical diffraction limit, in particular, due to the destructive interference. We propose to use such modes for super-resolution of resonant structures such as coupled cavities, metal dimers, or bowties. A dielectric microsphere in contact with the object forms its magnified image in a wide range of the virtual image plane positions. It is also suggested that the resonances may significantly affect the resolution quantification in recent experimental studies.

  17. Resonating Terahertz Response of Periodic Arrays of Subwavelength Apertures

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    D’Apuzzo, Fausto

    2014-10-11

    Extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) peaks mediated by plasmonic excitations can be observed in a variety of subwavelength patterned metallic surfaces. In this paper, we have fabricated and spectroscopically characterized plasmon devices exhibiting EOT peaks at terahertz (THz) frequencies. These devices, which resonate with intermediate and collective modes of macromolecules, can be used for detection of materials of biological interest and their performances have been experimentally determined by measuring the variation of the EOT frequencies for thin sub-micrometric organic layers deposited onto the device surface.

  18. Subwavelength-thick Lenses with High Numerical Apertures and Large Efficiency Based on High Contrast Transmitarrays

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    Arbabi, Amir; Ball, Alexander J; Bagheri, Mahmood; Faraon, Andrei

    2014-01-01

    We report subwavelength-thick, polarization insensitive micro-lenses operating at telecom wavelength with focal spots as small as 0.57 wavelengths and measured focusing efficiency up to 82%. The lens design is based on high contrast transmitarrays that enable control of optical phase fronts with subwavelength spatial resolution. A rigorous method for ultra-thin lens design, and the trade-off between high efficiency and small spot size (or large numerical aperture) are discussed. The transmitarrays, composed of silicon nano-posts on glass, could be fabricated by high-throughput photo or nanoimprint lithography, thus enabling widespread adoption.

  19. Dielectric metamaterial magnifier creating a virtual color image with far-field subwavelength information.

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    Zhang, Baile; Barbastathis, George

    2010-05-24

    We propose an approach for far-field optical subwavelength imaging by using a dielectric metamaterial magnifier with gradient refractive index. Different from previous superlens and hyperlens that form a real image with subwavelength features within narrowband, this magnifier creates a virtual color image with sub-100 nm resolution over broadband that can be captured directly by a conventional microscope in the far field. Because the magnifier is made of isotropic dielectric materials, the fabrication will be greatly simplified with existing metamaterial technologies. PMID:20588981

  20. Experimental verification of subwavelength acoustic focusing using a near-field array of closely spaced elements.

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    Abasi, Reza; Markley, Loïc; Eleftheriades, George V

    2011-12-01

    A linear array of closely spaced sound transducers is presented that can produce a subwavelength-focused intensity profile at a distance of a quarter wavelength. This work is related to research on super-resolution using metamaterials in both the acoustic and optical domains. It is designed using the principle of shifted beams, a near-field antenna array theory developed for the subwavelength focusing of electromagnetic waves. Once the spatial sound pattern is characterized for each source, the optimal weights for a minimum beam width can be calculated. An experiment operating at 4 kHz was able to successfully construct a super-focused beam. PMID:22225134

  1. Quantum well effect based on hybridization bandgap in deep subwavelength coupled meta-atoms

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    Chen, Yongqiang; Li, Yunhui; Wu, Qian; Jiang, Haitao; Zhang, Yewen; Chen, Hong

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, quantum well (QW) effect in a hybridization bandgap (HBG) structure via hiring deep subwavelength coupled meta-atoms is investigated. Subwavelength zero-index-metamaterial-based resonators acting as meta-atoms are side-coupled to a microstrip, forming the HBG structure. Both numerical and microwave experimental results confirm that, through properly hiring another set of meta-atoms, band mismatch between two HBGs can be introduced resulting in the HBG QW effect. Compared with the conventional QW structure based on Bragg interferences in photonic crystal, the device length of the proposed HBG QW structure can be reduced to only 1/4, demonstrating well the deep subwavelength property. Therefore, the above features make our design of HBG QW structures suitable to be utilized as multi-channel filters or multiplexers in microwave and optical communication system.

  2. Subwavelength propagation and localization of light using surface plasmons: A brief perspective

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    G V Pavan Kumar; Danveer Singh; Partha Pratim Patra; Arindam Dasgupta

    2014-01-01

    Surface plasmons at the metal–dielectric interface have emerged as an important candidate to propagate and localize light at subwavelength scales. By tailoring the geometry and arrangement of metallic nanoarchitectures, propagating and localized surface plasmons can be obtained. In this brief perspective, we discuss: (1) how surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and localized surface plasmons (LSPs) can be optically excited in metallic nanoarchitectures by employing a variety of optical microscopy methods; (2) how SPPs and LSPs in plasmonic nanowires can be utilized for subwavelength polarization optics and single-molecule surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) on a photonic chip; and (3) how individual plasmonic nanowire can be optically manipulated using optical trapping methods.

  3. Perfect shuffle transform based on subwavelength binary blazed grating

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    Yang, Junbo; Xu, Suzhi; Zhang, Jingjing; Wu, Wenjun; Lu, Huanyu; Huang, Jie; Chen, Dingbo

    2015-10-01

    Based on the theory of information optics and the needs of perfect shuffle (PS) transform, a new method of achieving a PS transform is reported by using a subwavelength binary blazed grating (SBBG) array. Comparison the multilevel gratings, SBBG array can be fabricated only one step by photolithography and reactive ion etching (RIE). The SBBG array was designed to six channels PS transform, and transformation of two-neighboring channels was simulated by finite difference time domain (FDTD). The first order diffraction efficiency of SBBG designed here is larger than 80%, and has wide spectra and large incident angular tolerance by rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA). The cross talk of neighboring channels was smaller than 3.24%. The theoretical analysis and computation show that PS transform using SBBG array has advantages of small size, compact structure, low loss and crosstalk, and easy to integrate with other photoelectric device. Consequently, it can be used in optical communication and optical information processing.

  4. Subwavelength nonlinear phase control and anomalous phase matching in plasmonic metasurfaces

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    Almeida, Euclides; Shalem, Guy; Prior, Yehiam

    2016-01-01

    Metasurfaces, and in particular those containing plasmonic-based metallic elements, constitute an attractive set of materials with a potential for replacing standard bulky optical elements. In recent years, increasing attention has been focused on their nonlinear optical properties, particularly in the context of second and third harmonic generation and beam steering by phase gratings. Here, we harness the full phase control enabled by subwavelength plasmonic elements to demonstrate a unique ...

  5. Sub-wavelength interference in macroscopic observation

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    We study the generalized Young's double-slit interference for the beam produced in the spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC). It has been found that the sub-wavelength interference can occur macroscopically in both the two-photon intensity measurement and the single-photon spatial intensity-correlation measurement. The former refers to the quantum entanglement and the latter originates from the thermal spatial correlation. We show the visibility and the strength of the interference fringe related to the SPDC interaction, which may provide a strong sub-wavelength lithography with a moderate visibility in practical application

  6. Bio-functionalized hollow core photonic crystal fibers for label-free DNA detection

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    Candiani, A.; Salloom, Hussein T.; Coscelli, E.; Sozzi, M.; Manicardi, A.; Ahmad, Ahmad K.; Al-Janabi, A. Hadi; Corradini, R.; Picchi, G.; Cucinotta, A.; Selleri, S.

    2014-02-01

    Bio-functionalization of inner surfaces of all silica Hollow Core-Photonic Crystal Fibers (HC-PCF) has been investigated. The approach is based on layer-by-layer self-assembly Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) probes, which is an oligonucleotide mimic that is well suited for specific DNA target recognition. Two kinds of HC-PCFs have been considered: a photonic Bragg fiber and a hollow core (HC-1060) fiber. After spectral characterization and internal surface functionalization by using PNA probes, genomic DNA solutions from soy flour were infiltrated into the fibers. The experimental results indicate that hybridization of the complementary strand of target DNA increases the thickness of the silica layer and leads up to the generation of surface modes, resulting in a significant modulation of the transmission spectra. Numerical analysis confirms such behavior, suggesting the possibility to realize biological sensing.

  7. Thermal radiation in subwavelength aluminum foam structures by finite-difference time-domain method

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    We investigated the thermal radiation properties of subwavelength aluminum foam structures in this work. A Maxwell's equation solution (Finite-Difference Time-Domain) method was used to numerically calculate spectral thermal radiation in subwavelength foam structures. Due to the complexity of the real foam structures, we started our researches by investigating two periodic structures (linear and staggered foam structures) with cubic representative elementary volume. Different number of layers from 1 to 5 has been studied. The cavity resonances that enhanced the absorption coefficient of the incident wave energy were clearly observed. The results also showed that the radiation properties of staggered foam structures can be affected by the polarization angle at normal incidence. Additionally, the absorption ratio of every layer of the foam structures has been studied. Finally, cavity resonance also can be clearly seen at oblique incidence. This work will provide an accurate validation result for the study of radiative transfer in subwavelength foam structures using the methods based on radiative transfer equation or geometrical optics in future. - Highlights: • FDTD method is used to study the thermal radiation of subwavelength foam structures. • Thermal radiation properties of two different foam structures are compared. • Cavity resonances are observed inside the cavities between neighboring layers. • The spectral absorption ratio of every layer of foam structures is given

  8. Full-Field Subwavelength Imaging Using a Scattering Superlens

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    Park, Chunghyun; Park, Jung-Hoon; Rodriguez, Christophe; Yu, HyeonSeung; Kim, Minkwan; Jin, Kyoungsuk; Han, Seungyong; Shin, Jonghwa; Ko, Seung Hwan; Nam, Ki Tae; Lee, Yong-Hee; Cho, Yong-Hoon; Park, YongKeun

    2014-09-01

    Light-matter interaction gives optical microscopes tremendous versatility compared with other imaging methods such as electron microscopes, scanning probe microscopes, or x-ray scattering where there are various limitations on sample preparation and where the methods are inapplicable to bioimaging with live cells. However, this comes at the expense of a limited resolution due to the diffraction limit. Here, we demonstrate a novel method utilizing elastic scattering from disordered nanoparticles to achieve subdiffraction limited imaging. The measured far-field speckle fields can be used to reconstruct the subwavelength details of the target by time reversal, which allows full-field dynamic super-resolution imaging. The fabrication of the scattering superlens is extremely simple and the method has no restrictions on the wavelength of light that is used.

  9. Seismic metasurfaces: Sub-wavelength resonators and Rayleigh wave interaction

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    Colquitt, D J; Craster, R V; Roux, P; Guenneau, S R L

    2016-01-01

    We consider the canonical problem of an array of rods, which act as resonators, placed on an elastic substrate; the substrate being either a thin elastic plate or an elastic half-space. In both cases the flexural plate, or Rayleigh surface, waves in the substrate interact with the resonators to create interesting effects such as effective band-gaps for surface waves or filters that transform surface waves into bulk waves; these effects have parallels in the field of optics where such sub-wavelength resonators create metamaterials, and metasurfaces, in the bulk and at the surface respectively. Here we carefully analyse this canonical problem by extracting the dispersion relations analytically thereby examining the influence of both the flexural and compressional resonances on the propagating wave. For an array of resonators atop an elastic half-space we augment the analysis with numerical simulations. Amongst other effects, we demonstrate the striking effect of a dispersion curve that transitions from Rayleigh...

  10. Electromagnetic modeling of large subwavelength-patterned highly resonant structures.

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    Chaumet, P C; Demésy, G; Gauthier-Lafaye, O; Sentenac, A; Popov, E; Fehrembach, A-L

    2016-05-15

    The rigorous modeling of large (hundreds of wavelengths) optical resonant components patterned at a subwavelength scale remains a major issue, especially when long range interactions cannot be neglected. In this Letter, we compare the performances of the discrete dipole approximation approach to that of the Fourier modal, the finite element and the finite difference time domain methods, for simulating the spectral behavior of a cavity resonator integrated grating filter (CRIGF). When the component is invariant along one axis (two-dimensional configuration), the four techniques yield similar results, despite the modeling difficulty of such a structure. We also demonstrate, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, the rigorous modeling of a three-dimensional CRIGF. PMID:27177002

  11. Subwavelength Imaging with Dielectric Metamaterial Solid-Immersion Lens

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    Fan, Wen; Wang, Zengbo; Lukyanchuk, Boris; Wu, Limin

    2015-01-01

    The limited resolution of a conventional optical microscope stems from the fact that the subwavelength information of an object is carried by evanescent waves, which exponentially decays in space and cannot reach the imaging plane. We introduce here a metamaterial solid immersion lens (mSIL), which utilizes closely-packed high-index nanoparticles as a composite media to effectively convert and transport evanescent waves from near-field to far-field. About 20% of evanescent wave energy of an ideal point source can be directed into far-field by mSIL. This has led to the exceptional imaging performance of mSIL in visible. Using 15 nm diameter TiO2 (n=2.55) nanoparticles as building block, we demonstrated that 45 nm -75 nm features can be resolved by the mSIL under a white light microscope. Our approach opens up the possibility to obtain a 'perfect lens' using pure dielectric materials.

  12. Thermal Emission by a Subwavelength Aperture

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    Joulain, Karl; Carminati, Rémi

    2015-01-01

    We calculate, by means of fluctuational electrodynamics, the thermal emission of an aperture filled by vacuum or a material at temperature T. We show that thermal emission is very different whether the aperture size is large or small compared to the thermal wavelength. Subwavelength apertures filled with vacuum (subwavelength blackbody) have their thermal emission strongly decreased compared to classical blackbodies. A simple expression of their emissivity can be calculated and their total emittance scales as T 8 instead of T 4 for large apertures. Thermal emission of disk of materials with a size comparable to the wavelength is also discussed. It is shown in particular that emissivity of such a disk is increased when the material can support surface waves such as phonon polaritons.

  13. Surface-plasmon mode hybridization in sub-wavelength microdisk lasers

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    Perahia, R.; Alegre, T. P. Mayer; Safavi-Naeini, A.; Painter, O.

    2009-01-01

    Hybridization of surface-plasmon and dielectric waveguide whispering-gallery modes are demonstrated in a semiconductor microdisk laser cavity of sub-wavelength proportions. A metal layer is deposited on top of the semiconductor microdisk, the radius of which is systematically varied to enable mode hybridization between surface-plasmon and dielectric modes. The anti-crossing behavior of the two cavity mode types is experimentally observed via photoluminescence spectroscopy and optically pumped...

  14. Preparation and performance of broadband antireflective sub-wavelength structures on Ge substrate

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    沈祥伟; 刘正堂; 李阳平; 卢红成; 徐启远; 刘文婷

    2009-01-01

    Sub-wavelength structures(SWS) were prepared on Ge substrates through photolithography and reactive ion etching(RIE) technology for broadband antireflective purposes in the long wave infrared(LWIR) waveband of 8-12 μm.Topography of the etched patterns was observed using high resolution optical microscope and atomic force microscope(AFM).Infrared transmission performance of the SWS was investigated by Fourier transform infrared(FTIR) spectrometer.Results show that the etched patterns were of high uniformity ...

  15. Sub-wavelength surface gratings for light redirection in transparent substrates

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    Buss, Thomas; Smith, Cameron; Christiansen, Mads Brøkner;

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate sub-wavelength grating couplers patterned on glass surfaces which are designed to convert incident free-space radiation into guided modes along the glass material. The devices are fabricated by nanoimprint lithography and the measured optical performance is compared to a simple mod...... panes and display applications with minimal influence on vision quality. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4738777]...

  16. Metamaterial coatings for subwavelength-resolution imaging

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    Zapata-Rodríguez, Carlos J.; Pastor, David; Miret, Juan J.

    2011-05-01

    Coating lenses are membranes made of materials exhibiting negative index of refraction and deposited on other media with high dielectric constant ɛ3. Unfortunately far-field imaging suffers from centrosymmetric aberrations. We propose a simple procedure to compensate partially deviations from ray-tracing perfect imaging in asymmetric metamaterial lenses. We also show that, under some circumstances, coating superlens may recover subwavelength information transmitted in a relative spatial spectrum ranging from 1 to √ɛ3.

  17. In vitro bio-functionality of gallium nitride sensors for radiation biophysics

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    Hofstetter, Markus [Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Ingolstaedter Landstrasse 1, D-85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Howgate, John [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall 3, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Schmid, Martin [Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Ingolstaedter Landstrasse 1, D-85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Schoell, Sebastian; Sachsenhauser, Matthias [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall 3, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Adiguezel, Denis [Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Ingolstaedter Landstrasse 1, D-85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Stutzmann, Martin; Sharp, Ian D. [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall 3, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Thalhammer, Stefan, E-mail: stefan.thalhammer@helmholtz-muenchen.de [Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Ingolstaedter Landstrasse 1, D-85764 Neuherberg (Germany)

    2012-07-27

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Gallium nitride based sensors show promising characteristics to monitor cellular parameters. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cell growth experiments reveal excellent biocompatibiltiy of the host GaN material. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We present a biofunctionality assay using ionizing radiation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DNA repair is utilized to evaluate material induced alterations in the cellular behavior. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer GaN shows no bio-functional influence on the cellular environment. -- Abstract: There is an increasing interest in the integration of hybrid bio-semiconductor systems for the non-invasive evaluation of physiological parameters. High quality gallium nitride and its alloys show promising characteristics to monitor cellular parameters. Nevertheless, such applications not only request appropriate sensing capabilities but also the biocompatibility and especially the biofunctionality of materials. Here we show extensive biocompatibility studies of gallium nitride and, for the first time, a biofunctionality assay using ionizing radiation. Analytical sensor devices are used in medical settings, as well as for cell- and tissue engineering. Within these fields, semiconductor devices have increasingly been applied for online biosensing on a cellular and tissue level. Integration of advanced materials such as gallium nitride into these systems has the potential to increase the range of applicability for a multitude of test devices and greatly enhance sensitivity and functionality. However, for such applications it is necessary to optimize cell-surface interactions and to verify the biocompatibility of the semiconductor. In this work, we present studies of mouse fibroblast cell activity grown on gallium nitride surfaces after applying external noxa. Cell-semiconductor hybrids were irradiated with X-rays at air kerma doses up to 250 mGy and the DNA repair dynamics, cell proliferation, and cell growth

  18. In vitro bio-functionality of gallium nitride sensors for radiation biophysics

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    Highlights: ► Gallium nitride based sensors show promising characteristics to monitor cellular parameters. ► Cell growth experiments reveal excellent biocompatibiltiy of the host GaN material. ► We present a biofunctionality assay using ionizing radiation. ► DNA repair is utilized to evaluate material induced alterations in the cellular behavior. ► GaN shows no bio-functional influence on the cellular environment. -- Abstract: There is an increasing interest in the integration of hybrid bio-semiconductor systems for the non-invasive evaluation of physiological parameters. High quality gallium nitride and its alloys show promising characteristics to monitor cellular parameters. Nevertheless, such applications not only request appropriate sensing capabilities but also the biocompatibility and especially the biofunctionality of materials. Here we show extensive biocompatibility studies of gallium nitride and, for the first time, a biofunctionality assay using ionizing radiation. Analytical sensor devices are used in medical settings, as well as for cell- and tissue engineering. Within these fields, semiconductor devices have increasingly been applied for online biosensing on a cellular and tissue level. Integration of advanced materials such as gallium nitride into these systems has the potential to increase the range of applicability for a multitude of test devices and greatly enhance sensitivity and functionality. However, for such applications it is necessary to optimize cell–surface interactions and to verify the biocompatibility of the semiconductor. In this work, we present studies of mouse fibroblast cell activity grown on gallium nitride surfaces after applying external noxa. Cell-semiconductor hybrids were irradiated with X-rays at air kerma doses up to 250 mGy and the DNA repair dynamics, cell proliferation, and cell growth dynamics of adherent cells were compared to control samples. The impact of ionizing radiation on DNA, along with the

  19. Theoretical study of subwavelength imaging by acoustic metamaterial slabs

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    Deng, Ke; He, Zhaojian; Zhao, Heping; Shi, Jing; Liu, Zhengyou

    2009-01-01

    We investigate theoretically subwavelength imaging by acoustic metamaterial slabs immersed in the liquid matrix. A near-field subwavelength image formed by evanescent waves is achieved by a designed metamaterial slab with negative mass density and positive modulus. A subwavelength real image is achieved by a designed metamaterial slab with simultaneously negative mass density and modulus. These results are expected to shed some lights on designing novel devices of acoustic metamaterials.

  20. Subwavelength silicon through-hole arrays as an all-dielectric broadband terahertz gradient index metamaterial

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    Structuring at subwavelength scales brings out artificial media with anomalous optical features called metamaterials. All-dielectric metamaterials have high potential for practical applications over the whole electromagnetic spectrum owing to low loss and optical isotropy. Here, we report subwavelength silicon through-hole arrays as an all-dielectric gradient index metamaterial with broadband THz operation. The unit cell consists of a single subwavelength through-hole on highly resistive monocrystalline silicon. Depending on the fill-factor and period, the effective index was linearly modulated at 0.3–1.6 THz. The experimental results also demonstrate silicon gradient refractive index (Si-GRIN) lenses with parabolic index profiles through the spatial modification of a single unit cell along the radial direction. Si-GRIN lenses either focus 0.4–1.6 THz beam to the diffraction-limit or serve as a flat and thin solid immersion lens on the backside of THz photoconductive antenna for highly efficient pulse extraction. This all-dielectric gradient index metamaterial opens up opportunities for integrated THz GRIN optics.

  1. Cell Adhesion Selectivity of Stent Material to improve Bio-functionality by Ion Beam Modification

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    In this study, ion implantation into collagen coated Co-Cr alloy, which is a cheaper material of the artificial stent product comparing with Ti alloy, has been studied to develop small diameter artificial stent by the cell adhesion control. The size of stent was 1.6mm of the diameter and 18mm of the length. The life-time of artificial stent depends on adhesion property of endothelial-cells. We successfully controlled cell adhesion selectivity between endothelial cell and muscle cell by using collagen coated and He+ ion beam irradiated Co-Cr-alloy to apply to artificial stent. But, we did not achieve the inhibition of platelet adhesion, yet by using collagen coating and He+ ion beam irradiation. Based on this study, we have plan to research about separation between collagen coating effect and ion beam effect. Also, we will have more detail analysis of the mechanism of cell attachment. In recent years, ion implantation has been applied to the surface modification of prosthesis to improve blood compatibility and tissue compatibility in field of biomedical application. As well known, bio compatibility was concerned with the cell adhesion selectivity for bio-functionality. The biomedical application of ion beam technology would be used more widely in the future such as catheter and artificial graft

  2. Cell Adhesion Selectivity of Stent Material to improve Bio-functionality by Ion Beam Modification

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    Lee, Jaesang; Park, JUngchan; Jung, Myunghwan; Kim, Yongki [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Junkyu [Bio alpha., Co. Ltd., Gimhae (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    In this study, ion implantation into collagen coated Co-Cr alloy, which is a cheaper material of the artificial stent product comparing with Ti alloy, has been studied to develop small diameter artificial stent by the cell adhesion control. The size of stent was 1.6mm of the diameter and 18mm of the length. The life-time of artificial stent depends on adhesion property of endothelial-cells. We successfully controlled cell adhesion selectivity between endothelial cell and muscle cell by using collagen coated and He{sup +} ion beam irradiated Co-Cr-alloy to apply to artificial stent. But, we did not achieve the inhibition of platelet adhesion, yet by using collagen coating and He{sup +} ion beam irradiation. Based on this study, we have plan to research about separation between collagen coating effect and ion beam effect. Also, we will have more detail analysis of the mechanism of cell attachment. In recent years, ion implantation has been applied to the surface modification of prosthesis to improve blood compatibility and tissue compatibility in field of biomedical application. As well known, bio compatibility was concerned with the cell adhesion selectivity for bio-functionality. The biomedical application of ion beam technology would be used more widely in the future such as catheter and artificial graft.

  3. Optomechanical THz detection with a sub-wavelength resonator

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    Belacel, Cherif; Barbieri, Stefano; Gacemi, Djamal; Favero, Ivan; Sirtori, Carlo

    2016-01-01

    The terahertz spectral domain offers a myriad of applications spanning chemical spectroscopy, medicine, security and imaging [1], it has also recently become a playground for fundamental studies of light-matter interactions [2-6]. Terahertz science and technology could benefit from optomechanical approaches, which harness the interaction of light with miniature mechanical resonators [7,8]. So far, optomechanics has mostly focused on the optical and microwave domains, leading to new types of quantum experiments [9-11] and to the development of optical-microwave converters [12-14]. Here we propose and validate the concept of terahertz optomechanics, by coupling far-infrared photons to the mechanical degrees of freedom of the flexible part of a sub-wavelength split-ring resonator [15]. The resulting mechanical signal is read-out optically, allowing our semiconductor/metal device to operate as a compact and efficient terahertz detector with a noise equivalent power of 8 nW/Hz^0.5 and a linear dynamics over five d...

  4. Small divergence substrate emitting quantum cascade laser by subwavelength metallic grating.

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    Yao, Dan-Yang; Zhang, Jin-Chuan; Liu, Ying-Hui; Zhuo, Ning; Jia, Zhi-Wei; Liu, Feng-Qi; Wang, Zhan-Guo

    2015-05-01

    Metallic periodic structure in subwavelength scale offers an exciting way to couple light into surface plasmons (SPs), thus manipulating the properties of near-field optics. We show that subwavelength metallic grating (SMG) defined on the substrate side of substrate emitting quantum cascade lasers enables far-field improvement in mid-infrared spectrum. The SMG is designed to tailor the interaction of SPs with single mode transverse magnetic light. The experiment results are in good agreement with the simulated model. A far-field full width at half maximum (FWHM) divergence angle of 3.9 ° in the direction perpendicular to the laser waveguide layers is obtained, improved by a factor of 8.5 compared with traditional surface emitting device. PMID:25969241

  5. Sub-wavelength image stitching with removable microsphere-embedded thin film

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    Du, Bintao; Ye, Yong-Hong; Hou, Jinglei; Guo, Minglei; Wang, Tian

    2016-01-01

    Imaging by dielectric microspheres embedded in thin film is a simple technique to achieve optical super-resolution. However, the film-thickness effect has not caused enough attention, and its field of view (FOV) is very limited. We first introduce a method to fabricate barium titanate glass (BTG) microsphere-embedded ultrathin polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) films, and study their sub-wavelength imaging properties as a function of the film thickness. Our experimental results reveal that for an individual microsphere, its FOV obviously increases as the film thickness decreases, while the corresponding magnification changes barely. When the PDMS film thickness is 5-10 μm, the FOV of a microsphere is the largest, and the images produced by the neighboring close-packed microspheres with the same size can be stitched together to form a large image, realizing effective view expansion. Our results will boost the practical capacity of BTG microsphere-embedded film for sub-wavelength imaging.

  6. Near-field Holographic Retrieval of an Isolated Subwavelength Hole in a Thin Metallic Film

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    Xu, Jun; Fang, Nicholas X

    2014-01-01

    Using a holographic approach, we experimentally study the near-field intensity distribution of light squeezed through an isolated subwavelength plasmonic hole in a thin metallic film. Our experiments revealed an in-plane electric dipole moment excited near the isolated hole. By analyzing the fringe patterns formed between the in-plane dipole and plane wave illumination, both the transmission coefficient and phase shift of the dipole can be retrieved. We also observed opposite phases of the excited dipoles from the subwavelength dent and protrusion in the metallic film, in good agreement with the prediction from our model. Our approach can be used to study the microscopic process of the light-structure interaction for the plasmonic and nanophotonic systems with potential applications in high density optical data storages.

  7. In vitro bio-functionality of gallium nitride sensors for radiation biophysics.

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    Hofstetter, Markus; Howgate, John; Schmid, Martin; Schoell, Sebastian; Sachsenhauser, Matthias; Adigüzel, Denis; Stutzmann, Martin; Sharp, Ian D; Thalhammer, Stefan

    2012-07-27

    There is an increasing interest in the integration of hybrid bio-semiconductor systems for the non-invasive evaluation of physiological parameters. High quality gallium nitride and its alloys show promising characteristics to monitor cellular parameters. Nevertheless, such applications not only request appropriate sensing capabilities but also the biocompatibility and especially the biofunctionality of materials. Here we show extensive biocompatibility studies of gallium nitride and, for the first time, a biofunctionality assay using ionizing radiation. Analytical sensor devices are used in medical settings, as well as for cell- and tissue engineering. Within these fields, semiconductor devices have increasingly been applied for online biosensing on a cellular and tissue level. Integration of advanced materials such as gallium nitride into these systems has the potential to increase the range of applicability for a multitude of test devices and greatly enhance sensitivity and functionality. However, for such applications it is necessary to optimize cell-surface interactions and to verify the biocompatibility of the semiconductor. In this work, we present studies of mouse fibroblast cell activity grown on gallium nitride surfaces after applying external noxa. Cell-semiconductor hybrids were irradiated with X-rays at air kerma doses up to 250 mGy and the DNA repair dynamics, cell proliferation, and cell growth dynamics of adherent cells were compared to control samples. The impact of ionizing radiation on DNA, along with the associated cellular repair mechanisms, is well characterized and serves as a reference tool for evaluation of substrate effects. The results indicate that gallium nitride does not require specific surface treatments to ensure biocompatibility and suggest that cell signaling is not affected by micro-environmental alterations arising from gallium nitride-cell interactions. The observation that gallium nitride provides no bio-functional influence on

  8. Sub-wavelength resonances in polygonal metamaterial cylinders

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    Arslanagic, Samel; Breinbjerg, Olav

    It has been shown that the sub-wavelength resonances of circular MTM cylinders also occur for polygonal MTM cylinders. This is the case for lossless and non-dispersive cylinders as well as lossy and dispersive cylinders. The sub-wavelength resonances are thus not limited to structures of canonical...

  9. Topology Optimization of Sub-Wavelength Antennas

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    Erentok, Aycan; Sigmund, Ole

    2011-01-01

    We propose a topology optimization strategy for the systematic design of a three-dimensional (3D), conductor-based sub-wavelength antenna. The post-processed finite-element (FE) models of the optimized structure are shown to be self-resonant, efficient and exhibit distorted omnidirectional......, elliptically polarized far-field radiation patterns. The computed approximate Q value for this antenna is QZ(ω0)≈ 7.74 for ω0=2π × 350.8 MHz and it is 1.64 times larger than the theoretical lower bound value....

  10. Imaging with subwavelength resolution by a generalized superlens at infrared wavelengths.

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    Casse, B D F; Lu, W T; Banyal, R K; Huang, Y J; Selvarasah, S; Dokmeci, M R; Perry, C H; Sridhar, S

    2009-07-01

    We demonstrate experimentally negative refraction by a photonic crystal prism and imaging of a point source by a photonic crystal slab at 1.5 microm wavelength. The photonic crystal structures were nanofabricated in a InGaAsP/InP heterostructure platform, and optical characterization was performed using a near-field scanning optical microscope. By designing a suitable lens surface termination, an image spot size of 0.12lambda2 was achieved, demonstrating superlens imaging with subwavelength resolution well below Abbe's diffraction limit (0.5lambda2). PMID:19571977

  11. Extraordinary Transmission in the UV Range from Sub-wavelength Slits on Semiconductors

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    Vincenti, M A; Akozbek, N; Buncick, M; Bloemer, M J; Scalora, M

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we describe a way to achieve the extraordinary transmission regime from sub-wavelength slits carved on semiconductor substrates. Unlike metals, the dielectric permittivity of typical semiconductors like GaAs or GaP is negative beginning in the extreme UV range (lambda <= 270nm). We show that the metal-like response of bulk semiconductors exhibits surface plasmon waves that lead to extraordinary transmission in the UV and soft X-ray ranges. The importance of realistic material response versus perfect conductors is also discussed. These findings may be important in high resolution photo-lithography, near field optical devices and ultra high density optical storage.

  12. Anomalous dispersion properties of TM waves in subwavelength metallic waveguides loaded by uniaxial metamaterials

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    Dispersion properties of transverse magnetic (TM) waves in a subwavelength metallic waveguide loaded by uniaxial metamaterials are investigated, based on two kinds of uniaxial metamaterials with different orientations of optical axis. The numerical results show that the existence of fundamental TM0 mode and high-order TM modes in the waveguide system is dependent on the orientation of optical axis. In addition, their anomalous dispersion properties are clarified. When the orientation of optical axis is selected properly, there are two branches of dispersion curves for each high-order mode—one is normal dispersion and another belongs to anomalous dispersion, showing a transition from a backward wave to a forward one with the increase of working frequency. Moreover, the group velocity and energy flow distribution for TM1 mode are also demonstrated. These properties may have potential applications in optical information storage, integrated optics and nanophotonic devices. - Highlights: • Two kinds of subwavelength uniaxial metamaterial waveguides are constructed. • We demonstrate anomalous dispersion properties of transverse magnetic (TM) guided modes. • There are two branches of dispersion curves for high-order TM modes, showing a transition from a backward wave to a forward one. • Group velocity can approach to zero, having potential application in optical information storage. • Negative group velocity and energy flow distribution for TM modes are shown

  13. Dispersionless Manipulation of Reflected Acoustic Wavefront by Subwavelength Corrugated Surface.

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    Zhu, Yi-Fan; Zou, Xin-Ye; Li, Rui-Qi; Jiang, Xue; Tu, Juan; Liang, Bin; Cheng, Jian-Chun

    2015-01-01

    Free controls of optic/acoustic waves for bending, focusing or steering the energy of wavefronts are highly desirable in many practical scenarios. However, the dispersive nature of the existing metamaterials/metasurfaces for wavefront manipulation necessarily results in limited bandwidth. Here, we propose the concept of dispersionless wavefront manipulation and report a theoretical, numerical and experimental work on the design of a reflective surface capable of controlling the acoustic wavefront arbitrarily without bandwidth limitation. Analytical analysis predicts the possibility to completely eliminate the frequency dependence with a specific gradient surface which can be implemented by designing a subwavelength corrugated surface. Experimental and numerical results, well consistent with the theoretical predictions, have validated the proposed scheme by demonstrating a distinct phenomenon of extraordinary acoustic reflection within an ultra-broad band. For acquiring a deeper insight into the underlying physics, a simple physical model is developed which helps to interpret this extraordinary phenomenon and predict the upper cutoff frequency precisely. Generations of planar focusing and non-diffractive beam have also been exemplified. With the dispersionless wave-steering capability and deep discrete resolution, our designed structure may open new avenue to fully steer classical waves and offer design possibilities for broadband optical/acoustical devices. PMID:26077772

  14. Dispersionless Manipulation of Reflected Acoustic Wavefront by Subwavelength Corrugated Surface

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    Zhu, Yi-Fan; Zou, Xin-Ye; Li, Rui-Qi; Jiang, Xue; Tu, Juan; Liang, Bin; Cheng, Jian-Chun

    2015-06-01

    Free controls of optic/acoustic waves for bending, focusing or steering the energy of wavefronts are highly desirable in many practical scenarios. However, the dispersive nature of the existing metamaterials/metasurfaces for wavefront manipulation necessarily results in limited bandwidth. Here, we propose the concept of dispersionless wavefront manipulation and report a theoretical, numerical and experimental work on the design of a reflective surface capable of controlling the acoustic wavefront arbitrarily without bandwidth limitation. Analytical analysis predicts the possibility to completely eliminate the frequency dependence with a specific gradient surface which can be implemented by designing a subwavelength corrugated surface. Experimental and numerical results, well consistent with the theoretical predictions, have validated the proposed scheme by demonstrating a distinct phenomenon of extraordinary acoustic reflection within an ultra-broad band. For acquiring a deeper insight into the underlying physics, a simple physical model is developed which helps to interpret this extraordinary phenomenon and predict the upper cutoff frequency precisely. Generations of planar focusing and non-diffractive beam have also been exemplified. With the dispersionless wave-steering capability and deep discrete resolution, our designed structure may open new avenue to fully steer classical waves and offer design possibilities for broadband optical/acoustical devices.

  15. Suspended core subwavelength fibers: practical designs for the low-loss terahertz guidance

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    Rozé, Mathieu; Mazhorova, Anna; Walther, Markus; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2011-01-01

    In this work we report two designs of subwavelength fibers packaged for practical terahertz wave guiding. We describe fabrication, modeling and characterization of microstructured polymer fibers featuring a subwavelength-size core suspended in the middle of a large porous outer cladding. This design allows convenient handling of the subwavelength fibers without distorting their modal profile. Additionally, the air-tight porous cladding serves as a natural enclosure for the fiber core, thus avoiding the need for a bulky external enclosure for humidity-purged atmosphere. Fibers of 5 mm and 3 mm in outer diameters with a 150 \\mu m suspended solid core and a 900 \\mu m suspended porous core respectively, were obtained by utilizing a combination of drilling and stacking techniques. Characterization of the fiber optical properties and the near-field imaging of the guided modes were performed using a terahertz near-field microscopy setup. Near-field imaging of the modal profiles at the fiber output confirmed the effe...

  16. Theory of light scattering in subwavelength metallic slot antenna array fabricated on subwavelength thin film

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    Choi, S. B.; Park, D. J.

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate an analytic model that describes the near-field electromagnetic field profile near a subwavelength-sized metallic slot antenna fabricated on a thin dielectric substrate having a subwavelength thickness reaching λ/1000 in the terahertz frequency region. We found two-dimensional light diffraction induced by the two-dimensional nature of the slot antenna, and back-reflected waves interfered with each other in a complicated manner, resulting in a coupling of the Fourierdecomposed field amplitudes between the diffraction orders along the x and the y directions. We applied these findings to our model by modifying a previously developed model [D. J. Park et al., J. Korean Phys. Soc. 65, 1390 (2014)], and we monitor the effect on far-field transmission. This coupling effect was found to contribute to removal of physically-meaningless spikes or divergences in the transmission spectra, especially for relatively thick substrates.

  17. Terahertz phase microscopy in the sub-wavelength regime

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    Yi, Minwoo; Lee, Kanghee; Song, Jin-Dong; Ahn, Jaewook

    2012-04-01

    Gouy phase shift is a well-known behavior that occurs when a propagating light is focused, but its behavior in the sub-wavelength confinement is not yet known. Here, we report the theoretical and experimental study of the aperture-size dependency of the Gouy phase shift in the sub-wavelength diffraction regime. In experiments carried out with laser-induced terahertz (THz) wave emission from various semiconductor apertures, we demonstrate the use of Guoy phase shit for sub-wavelength THz microscopy.

  18. Thermal emission by a subwavelength aperture

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    Joulain, Karl; Ezzahri, Younès; Carminati, Rémi

    2016-04-01

    We calculate, by means of fluctuational electrodynamics, the thermal emission of an aperture separating from the outside, vacuum or a material at temperature T. We show that thermal emission is very different whether the aperture size is large or small compared to the thermal wavelength. Subwavelength apertures separating vacuum from the outside have their thermal emission strongly decreased compared to classical blackbodies which have an aperture much larger than the wavelength. A simple expression of their emissivity can be calculated and their total emissive power scales as T8 instead of T4 for large apertures. Thermal emission of disk of materials with a size comparable to the wavelength is also discussed. It is shown in particular that emissivity of such a disk is increased when the material can support surface waves such as phonon polaritons.

  19. Sub-wavelength lithography over extended areas

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    Björk, G; Söderholm, J; Bjork, Gunnar; Soto, Luis L. Sanchez; Soderholm, Jonas

    2001-01-01

    We demonstrate a systematic approach to sub-wavelength resolution lithographic image formation on films covering areas larger than a wavelength squared. For example, it is possible to make a lithographic pattern with a feature size resolution of $\\lambda/[2(N+1)]$ by using a particular $2 M$-photon, multi-mode entangled state, where $N < M$, and banks of birefringent plates. By preparing a statistically mixed such a state one can form any pixel pattern on a $(N+1) 2^{M-N} \\times (N+1) 2^{M-N}$ pixel grid occupying a square with a side of $L=2^{M-N-1}$ wavelengths. Hence, there is a trade-off between the exposed area, the minimum lithographic feature size resolution, and the number of photons used for the exposure. We also show that the proposed method will work even under non-ideal conditions, albeit with somewhat poorer performance.

  20. Sub-wavelength antenna enhanced bilayer graphene tunable photodetector

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    Beechem, III, Thomas Edwin; Howell, Stephen W.; Peters, David W.; Davids, Paul; Ohta, Taisuke

    2016-03-22

    The integration of bilayer graphene with an absorption enhancing sub-wavelength antenna provides an infrared photodetector capable of real-time spectral tuning without filters at nanosecond timescales.

  1. Antenna-assisted enhanced transmission through subwavelength nanoholes

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    Xiao, Sanshui; Peng, Liang; Mortensen, Asger

    2010-01-01

    By structural engineering of sub-wavelength apertures, we numerically demonstrate that transmission through apertures can be significantly enhanced. Based on equivalent circuit theory analysis, structured apertures are obtained with a 1900-fold transmission enhancement factor. We show that the...

  2. Ultra-Small Imaging and Spectrometry Elements with Subwavelength Performance

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    Kevin J. Webb; Shivanand

    2007-07-26

    Silver/silicon dioxide and gold/silicon multilayer imaging structures are shown to have subwavelength imaging performance. The influence of the duty cycle is presented. Imaging possibilities with a slab having isotropic negative effective dielectric constant is also explored. This system may be worthy of an experimental program to establish that subwavelength resolution is practical. Success will lead to a new class of imaging, memory, and interconnection structures.

  3. Ultra-Small Imaging and Spectrometry Elements with Subwavelength Performance

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    Silver/silicon dioxide and gold/silicon multilayer imaging structures are shown to have subwavelength imaging performance. The influence of the duty cycle is presented. Imaging possibilities with a slab having isotropic negative effective dielectric constant is also explored. This system may be worthy of an experimental program to establish that subwavelength resolution is practical. Success will lead to a new class of imaging, memory, and interconnection structures

  4. Sub-wavelength resonances in polygonal metamaterial cylinders

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    Arslanagic, Samel; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2008-01-01

    It has been shown that the sub-wavelength resonances of circular MTM cylinders also occur for polygonal MTM cylinders. This is the case for lossless and non-dispersive cylinders as well as lossy and dispersive cylinders. The sub-wavelength resonances are thus not limited to structures of canonical shapes but occurs also for other shapes and they are determined more by the material parameters than the geometrical parameters.

  5. Experimental study of feedback-induced dynamics in semiconductor lasers : from symbolic analysis to subwavelength position sensing

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    Aragoneses Aguado, Andrés

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is the study of the dynamics induced by optical feedback in semiconductor lasers. This study aims, on the one hand, to improve our knowledge of stocahstic complex systems, and on the other hand, to use complex dynamics of semiconductor lasers to develop a protocol for subwavelength position sensing. The intensity of the light emitted by a semiconductor laser is stable, besides fluctuations due to spontaneous emission noise. When the light of the laser is reflected and p...

  6. Focus issue introduction: nonlinear optics 2013.

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    Dadap, J. I.; Karlsson, M.; Panoiu, N. C.

    2013-01-01

    Nonlinear Optics has continued to develop over the last few years at an extremely fast pace, with significant advances being reported in nonlinear optical metamaterials, optical signal processing, quantum optics, nonlinear optics at subwavelength scale, and biophotonics. These exciting new developments have generated significant potential for a broad spectrum of technological applications in which nonlinear-optical processes play a central role.

  7. Large-aperture subwavelength grating couplers.

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    Qi, Fan; Ma, Qingyan; Wang, Yufei; Zheng, Wanhua

    2016-04-10

    Subwavelength nanostructure grating couplers fabricated on silicon-on-insulator substrates are used to simplify the fabrication process while maintaining high coupling efficiency. The main obstacle for their application in photonic integrated circuits is the small aperture size of the nanostructure when TE polarization is involved, since they are difficult to achieve with 193 nm deep-ultraviolet lithography and cause problems in inductively coupled plasma etching. A larger lateral period has been used to increase the aperture size. Here, we propose that decreasing the effective index of the nanostructure can also enlarge the aperture size. We analyze the two methods in detail with a rectangle-hole nanostructure and 220 nm thick waveguide layer, aiming at TE polarization centered at 1560 nm. We find performance degenerations for large lateral periods, and this can be simply compensated by adjusting the width of the rectangle hole. The minimum linewidth of the nanostructure can reach 240 nm, while the coupling efficiency is just slightly decreased. The backreflections of a large-aperture grating increase but stay in the same order with ordinary ones, and we also show that this can be overcome by apodizing the grating structure. Finally, we experimentally demonstrate the designed large-aperture grating couplers and the coupling efficiencies are higher than 35%, and reach a rectangle-hole width. PMID:27139860

  8. Plasmon transmission through excitonic subwavelength gaps

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    Sukharev, Maxim; Nitzan, Abraham

    2016-04-01

    We study the transfer of electromagnetic energy across a subwavelength gap separating two co-axial metal nanorods. In the absence of spacer in the gap separating the rods, the system exhibits strong coupling behavior between longitudinal plasmons in the two rods. The nature and magnitude of this coupling are studied by varying various geometrical parameters. As a function of frequency, the transmission is dominated by a split longitudinal plasmon peak. The two hybrid modes are the dipole-like "bonding" mode characterized by a peak intensity in the gap and a quadrupole-like "antibonding" mode whose amplitude vanishes at the gap center. When the length of one rod is varied, this mode spectrum exhibits the familiar anti-crossing behavior that depends on the coupling strength determined by the gap width. When off-resonant 2-level emitters are placed in the gap, almost no effect on the frequency dependent transmission is observed. In contrast, when the molecular system is resonant with the plasmonic line shape, the transmission is strongly modified, showing characteristics of strong exciton-plasmon coupling. Most strongly modified is the transmission near the lower frequency "bonding" plasmon mode. The presence of resonant molecules in the gap affects not only the molecule-field interaction but also the spatial distribution of the field intensity and the electromagnetic energy flux across the junction.

  9. Acoustic transmission through compound subwavelength slit arrays

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    Ward, G. P.; Hibbins, A. P.; Sambles, J. R.; Smith, J. D.

    2016-07-01

    The angular dependence of the transmission of sound in air through four types of two-dimensional slit arrays formed of aluminium slats is explored, both experimentally and numerically. For a simple, subwavelength periodic slit array, it is well known that Fabry-Perot-like waveguide resonances, supported by the slit cavities, coupled to diffracted evanescent waves, result in enhanced acoustic transmission at frequencies determined by the length, width, and separation of each slit cavity. We demonstrate that altering the spacing or width of some of the slits to form a compound array (i.e., an array having a basis comprised of more than one slit) results in sharp dips in the transmission spectra, which may have a strong angular dependence. These features correspond to phase resonances, which have been studied extensively in the electromagnetic case. This geometry allows for additional near-field configurations compared to the simple array, whereby the field in adjacent cavities can be out of phase. Several types of compound slit arrays are investigated; one such structure is optimized to minimize the effect of boundary-layer loss mechanisms present in each slit cavity, thereby achieving a deep, sharp transmission minimum in a broad maximum.

  10. Plasmon transmission through excitonic subwavelength gaps

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    Sukharev, Maxim

    2016-01-01

    We study the transfer of electromagnetic energy across a subwavelength gap separating two co-axial metal nanorodes. The absence of spacer in the gap separating the rods the system exhibits the strong coupling between longitudinal plasmons in the two rods. The nature and magnitude of this coupling is studied by varying various geometrical parameters. When the length of one rod is varied this mode spectrum exhibits the familiar anti-crossing behavior that depends on the coupling strength determined by the gap width. As a function of frequency the transmission is dominated by a splitted longitudinal plasmon peak. The two hybrid modes are the dipole-like "bonding" mode characterized by a peak intensity in the gap, and a quadrupole-like "antibonding" mode whose amplitude vanishes at the gap center. When off-resonant $2-$level emitters are placed in the gap, almost no effect on the frequency dependent transmission is observed. In contrast, when the molecular system is resonant with the plasmonic lineshape, the tran...

  11. Subwavelength gratings for OVDs - From local interactions to using light-transport

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    Basset, Guillaume; Lütolf, Fabian; Davoine, Laurent; Schnieper, Marc

    2015-01-01

    In the past 30 years, subwavelength gratings have been developed and produced as highly secured Diffractive Optical Variable Image Devices (DOVIDs). They allowed new distinct optical effects and dramatically lowered DOVIDs counterfeiting. In particular, subwalength gratings coated with a high refractive index dielectric are well-known and mass-produced to secure documents, such as the Diffractive Identification Devices (DIDs). These submicronic gratings are called Zero Order Devices or Filters (ZOD, ZOF) or diffractive microstructures designed for Zero-order read-out. Similar structures are called Resonant Waveguide Gratings (RWG) or Resonant Leaky Mode Waveguides, when optimized for different purposes. A study using time-resolved optical simulations can demonstrate and quantify how light is coupled and propagation in DIDs structure when observed across the gratings (in collinear incidence). The leaky resonant modes of the RWG are playing a significant role in the appearance of DIDs in collinear incidence, wh...

  12. Dielectric metasurfaces for complete control of phase and polarization with subwavelength spatial resolution and high transmission.

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    Arbabi, Amir; Horie, Yu; Bagheri, Mahmood; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-11-01

    Metasurfaces are planar structures that locally modify the polarization, phase and amplitude of light in reflection or transmission, thus enabling lithographically patterned flat optical components with functionalities controlled by design. Transmissive metasurfaces are especially important, as most optical systems used in practice operate in transmission. Several types of transmissive metasurface have been realized, but with either low transmission efficiencies or limited control over polarization and phase. Here, we show a metasurface platform based on high-contrast dielectric elliptical nanoposts that provides complete control of polarization and phase with subwavelength spatial resolution and an experimentally measured efficiency ranging from 72% to 97%, depending on the exact design. Such complete control enables the realization of most free-space transmissive optical elements such as lenses, phase plates, wave plates, polarizers, beamsplitters, as well as polarization-switchable phase holograms and arbitrary vector beam generators using the same metamaterial platform. PMID:26322944

  13. Microwave-assisted rapid extracellular synthesis of stable bio-functionalized silver nanoparticles from guava (Psidium guajava) leaf extract

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    Our research interest centers on microwave-assisted rapid extracellular synthesis of bio-functionalized silver nanoparticles of 26 ± 5 nm from guava (Psidium guajava) leaf extract with control over dimension and composition. The reaction occurs very rapidly as the formation of spherical nanoparticles almost completed within 90 s. The probable pathway of the biosynthesis is suggested. Appearance, crystalline nature, size and shape of nanoparticles are understood by UV–vis (UV–vis spectroscopy), FTIR (fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), XRD (X-ray diffraction), FESEM (field emission scanning electron microscopy) and TEM (transmission electron microscopy) techniques. Microwave-assisted route is selected for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles to carry out the reaction fast, suppress the enzymatic action and to keep the process environmentally clean and green.

  14. Three-dimensional all-dielectric metamaterial solid immersion lens for subwavelength imaging at visible frequencies

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    Fan, Wen; Yan, Bing; Wang, Zengbo; Wu, Limin

    2016-01-01

    Although all-dielectric metamaterials offer a low-loss alternative to current metal-based metamaterials to manipulate light at the nanoscale and may have important applications, very few have been reported to date owing to the current nanofabrication technologies. We develop a new “nano–solid-fluid assembly” method using 15-nm TiO2 nanoparticles as building blocks to fabricate the first three-dimensional (3D) all-dielectric metamaterial at visible frequencies. Because of its optical transparency, high refractive index, and deep-subwavelength structures, this 3D all-dielectric metamaterial-based solid immersion lens (mSIL) can produce a sharp image with a super-resolution of at least 45 nm under a white-light optical microscope, significantly exceeding the classical diffraction limit and previous near-field imaging techniques. Theoretical analysis reveals that electric field enhancement can be formed between contacting TiO2 nanoparticles, which causes effective confinement and propagation of visible light at the deep-subwavelength scale. This endows the mSIL with unusual abilities to illuminate object surfaces with large-area nanoscale near-field evanescent spots and to collect and convert the evanescent information into propagating waves. Our all-dielectric metamaterial design strategy demonstrates the potential to develop low-loss nanophotonic devices at visible frequencies. PMID:27536727

  15. Three-dimensional all-dielectric metamaterial solid immersion lens for subwavelength imaging at visible frequencies.

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    Fan, Wen; Yan, Bing; Wang, Zengbo; Wu, Limin

    2016-08-01

    Although all-dielectric metamaterials offer a low-loss alternative to current metal-based metamaterials to manipulate light at the nanoscale and may have important applications, very few have been reported to date owing to the current nanofabrication technologies. We develop a new "nano-solid-fluid assembly" method using 15-nm TiO2 nanoparticles as building blocks to fabricate the first three-dimensional (3D) all-dielectric metamaterial at visible frequencies. Because of its optical transparency, high refractive index, and deep-subwavelength structures, this 3D all-dielectric metamaterial-based solid immersion lens (mSIL) can produce a sharp image with a super-resolution of at least 45 nm under a white-light optical microscope, significantly exceeding the classical diffraction limit and previous near-field imaging techniques. Theoretical analysis reveals that electric field enhancement can be formed between contacting TiO2 nanoparticles, which causes effective confinement and propagation of visible light at the deep-subwavelength scale. This endows the mSIL with unusual abilities to illuminate object surfaces with large-area nanoscale near-field evanescent spots and to collect and convert the evanescent information into propagating waves. Our all-dielectric metamaterial design strategy demonstrates the potential to develop low-loss nanophotonic devices at visible frequencies. PMID:27536727

  16. Experimental and theoretical analysis of THz-frequency, direction-dependent, phonon polariton modes in a subwavelength, anisotropic slab waveguide.

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    Yang, Chengliang; Wu, Qiang; Xu, Jingjun; Nelson, Keith A; Werley, Christopher A

    2010-12-01

    Femtosecond optical pulses were used to generate THz-frequency phonon polariton waves in a 50 micrometer lithium niobate slab, which acts as a subwavelength, anisotropic planar waveguide. The spatial and temporal electric field profiles of the THz waves were recorded for different propagation directions using a polarization gating imaging system, and experimental dispersion curves were determined via a two-dimensional Fourier transform. Dispersion relations for an anisotropic slab waveguide were derived via analytical analysis and found to be in excellent agreement with all observed experimental modes. From the dispersion relations, we analyze the propagation-direction-dependent behavior, effective refractive index values, and generation efficiencies for THz-frequency modes in the subwavelength, anisotropic slab waveguide. PMID:21164986

  17. Extreme stiffness hyperbolic elastic metamaterial for total transmission subwavelength imaging

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    Lee, Hyuk; Oh, Joo Hwan; Seung, Hong Min; Cho, Seung Hyun; Kim, Yoon Young

    2016-04-01

    Subwavelength imaging by metamaterials and extended work to pursue total transmission has been successfully demonstrated with electromagnetic and acoustic waves very recently. However, no elastic counterpart has been reported because earlier attempts suffer from considerable loss. Here, for the first time, we realize an elastic hyperbolic metamaterial lens and experimentally show total transmission subwavelength imaging with measured wave field inside the metamaterial lens. The main idea is to compensate for the decreased impedance in the perforated elastic metamaterial by utilizing extreme stiffness, which has not been independently actualized in a continuum elastic medium so far. The fabricated elastic lens is capable of directly transferring subwavelength information from the input to the output boundary. In the experiment, this intriguing phenomenon is confirmed by scanning the elastic structures inside the lens with laser scanning vibrometer. The proposed elastic metamaterial lens will bring forth significant guidelines for ultrasonic imaging techniques.

  18. Subwavelength-grating-assisted broadband polarization-independent directional coupler.

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    Liu, Lu; Deng, Qingzhong; Zhou, Zhiping

    2016-04-01

    This Letter presents both numerical and experimental results of a polarization-independent directional coupler based on slot waveguides with a subwavelength grating. The measured coupling efficiency is 97.4% for TE and 96.7% for TM polarization at a wavelength of 1550 nm. Further analysis shows that the proposed subwavelength grating directional coupler has a fabrication tolerance of ±20  nm for the grating structure and that the coupling efficiencies for the two polarizations are both higher than -0.5  dB (∼89%), exceeding the entire C-band (1525-1570 nm) experimentally. PMID:27192309

  19. Transmission of electromagnetic waves through sub-wavelength channels

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    Zhang, Jingjing; Luo, Yu; Mortensen, Asger

    2010-01-01

    We propose a method of tunneling electromagnetic (EM) waves through a channel with sub-wavelength cross section. By filling the channel with high-ε isotropic material and implementing two matching layers with uniaxial metamterial substrates, the guided waves can go through the narrow channel...... without being cut off, as if it has just passed through the original empty waveguide. Both the magnitude and phase information of the EM fields can be effectively restored after passing this channel, regardless of the polarization of the incoming wave. The performance of this subwavelength channel, which...

  20. Study on tapered crossed subwavelength gratings by Fourier modal method

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    Chen, Xi; Zhong, Yuan; Wang, Qing; Zhang, Ye-Jin; Chen, Liang-Hui

    2010-10-01

    Fourier modal method incorporating staircase approximation is used to study tapered crossed subwavelength gratings in this paper. Three intuitive formulations of eigenvalue functions originating from the prototype are presented, and their convergences are compared through numerical calculation. One of them is found to be suitable in modeling the diffraction efficiency of the circular tapered crossed subwavelength gratings without high absorption, and staircase approximation is further proven valid for non-highly-absorptive tapered gratings. This approach is used to simulate the “moth-eye" antireflection surface on silicon, and the numerical result agrees well with the experimental one.

  1. Study on tapered crossed subwavelength gratings by Fourier modal method

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    Fourier modal method incorporating staircase approximation is used to study tapered crossed subwavelength gratings in this paper. Three intuitive formulations of eigenvalue functions originating from the prototype are presented, and their convergences are compared through numerical calculation. One of them is found to be suitable in modeling the diffraction efficiency of the circular tapered crossed subwavelength gratings without high absorption, and staircase approximation is further proven valid for non-highly-absorptive tapered gratings. This approach is used to simulate the 'moth-eye' antireflection surface on silicon, and the numerical result agrees well with the experimental one. (classical areas of phenomenology)

  2. Acoustic subwavelength imaging of subsurface objects with acoustic resonant metalens

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    Cheng, Ying; Liu, XiaoJun, E-mail: liuxiaojun@nju.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); State Key Laboratory of Acoustics, Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Zhou, Chen; Wei, Qi; Wu, DaJian [Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2013-11-25

    Early research into acoustic metamaterials has shown the possibility of achieving subwavelength near-field acoustic imaging. However, a major restriction of acoustic metamaterials is that the imaging objects must be placed in close vicinity of the devices. Here, we present an approach for acoustic imaging of subsurface objects far below the diffraction limit. An acoustic metalens made of holey-structured metamaterials is used to magnify evanescent waves, which can rebuild an image at the central plane. Without changing the physical structure of the metalens, our proposed approach can image objects located at certain distances from the input surface, which provides subsurface signatures of the objects with subwavelength spatial resolution.

  3. Acoustic subwavelength imaging of subsurface objects with acoustic resonant metalens

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    Early research into acoustic metamaterials has shown the possibility of achieving subwavelength near-field acoustic imaging. However, a major restriction of acoustic metamaterials is that the imaging objects must be placed in close vicinity of the devices. Here, we present an approach for acoustic imaging of subsurface objects far below the diffraction limit. An acoustic metalens made of holey-structured metamaterials is used to magnify evanescent waves, which can rebuild an image at the central plane. Without changing the physical structure of the metalens, our proposed approach can image objects located at certain distances from the input surface, which provides subsurface signatures of the objects with subwavelength spatial resolution

  4. Sub-wavelength diffraction-free imaging with low-loss metal-dielectric multilayers

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    Kotynski, R; Pastuszczak, A

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate numerically the diffraction-free propagation of sub-wavelength sized optical beams through simple elements built of metal-dielectric multilayers. The proposed metamaterial consists of silver and a high refractive index dielectric, and is designed using the effective medium theory as strongly anisotropic and impedance matched to air. Further it is characterised with the transfer matrix method, and investigated with FDTD. The diffraction-free behaviour is verified by the analysis of FWHM of PSF in the function of the number of periods. Small reflections, small attenuation, and reduced Fabry Perot resonances make it a flexible diffraction-free material for arbitrarily shaped optical planar elements with sizes of the order of one wavelength.

  5. Sub-wavelength diffraction-free imaging with low-loss metal-dielectric multilayers

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    Kotyński, Rafał; Stefaniuk, Tomasz; Pastuszczak, Anna

    2011-06-01

    We demonstrate numerically the diffraction-free propagation of sub-wavelength sized optical beams through simple elements built of metal-dielectric multilayers. The proposed metamaterial consists of silver and a high refractive index dielectric, and is designed using the effective medium theory as strongly anisotropic and impedance matched to air. Further it is characterised with the transfer matrix method, and investigated with FDTD. The diffraction-free behaviour is verified by the analysis of FWHM of PSF in the function of the number of periods. Small reflections, small attenuation, and reduced Fabry-Pérot resonances make it a flexible diffraction-free material for arbitrarily shaped optical planar elements with sizes of the order of one wavelength.

  6. Mid-infrared sub-wavelength grating mirror design: tolerance and influence of technological constraints

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    High polarization selective Si/SiO2 mid-infrared sub-wavelength grating mirrors with large bandwidth adapted to VCSEL integration are compared. These mirrors have been automatically designed for operation at λ = 2.3 µm by an optimization algorithm which maximizes a specially defined quality factor. Several technological constraints in relation to the grating manufacturing process have been imposed within the optimization algorithm and their impact on the optical properties of the mirror have been evaluated. Furthermore, through the tolerance computation of the different dimensions of the structure, the robustness with respect to fabrication errors has been tested. Finally, it appears that the increase of the optical performances of the mirror imposes a less tolerant design with severer technological constraints, resulting in a more stringent control of the manufacturing process

  7. Theoretical analysis and experiment of subwavelength structure-integrated red AlGaInP light-emitting diodes for uniform field distribution and enhanced light extraction efficiency

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    Lee, Gil Ju; Song, Young Min

    2016-03-01

    We report theoretical and experimental analysis of antireflective subwavelength structures (SWSs) on GaP substrates to enhance the light output with a uniform light distribution of AlGaInP-based red light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Scaling issues on the optical performance are analyzed by the calculation results from finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) and rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) methods. The optical simulation reveals that SWSs with a period of 100-150 nm achieve highest optical output power, while maintaining a uniform light field distribution, in the subwavelength regime. To validate our theoretical results, disordered SWSs with a tapered shape were fabricated on a GaP layer of AlGaInP red LEDs by lithography-free dry etching of Ag nanoparticles. The SWS-integrated LED shows a uniform light output distribution with an improved light output power compared with the conventional LED.

  8. Wavefront Modulation and Subwavelength Diffractive Acoustics with an Acoustic Metasurface

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    Xie, Yangbo; Wang, Wenqi; Chen, Huanyang; Konneker, Adam; Popa, Bogdan-Ioan; Cummer, Steven A.

    2014-01-01

    Metasurfaces are a family of novel wavefront shaping devices with planar profile and subwavelength thickness. Acoustic metasurfaces with ultralow profile yet extraordinary wave manipulating properties would be highly desirable for improving the performance of many acoustic wave-based applications. However, designing acoustic metasurfaces with similar functionality as their electromagnetic counterparts remains challenging with traditional metamaterial design approaches. Here we present a desig...

  9. Subwavelength Plasmonic Color Printing Protected for Ambient Use

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    Roberts, Alexander Sylvester; Pors, Anders Lambertus; Albrektsen, Ole;

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate plasmonic color printing with subwavelength resolution using circular gap-plasmon resonators (GPRs) arranged in 340 nm period arrays of square unit cells and fabricated with single-step electron-beam lithography. We develop a printing procedure resulting in correct single-pixel col...

  10. Wavelength-independent field enhancement in subwavelength gratings

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    Ivinskaya, Aliaksandra; Novitsky, Andrey; Shyroki, D.;

    2011-01-01

    We show that lamellar metal gratings exhibit total transmission of incident radiation and strong nonresonant electric field enhancement in extremely subwavelength regime (in the nanometer-sized slits). With high accuracy the enhancement equals the ratio of the grating period to the slit width, it...... is independent on the wavelength and metal thickness....

  11. Second Harmonic Generation in Deeply Sub-Wavelength Waveguides

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    Roppo, V; de Ceglia, D; Scalora, M

    2012-01-01

    We theoretically investigate second harmonic generation in extremely narrow, sub-wavelength semiconductor and dielectric waveguides. We discuss a novel guiding mechanism characterized by the inhibition of diffraction and the suppression of cut-off limits in the context of a light trapping phenomenon that sets in under conditions of general phase and group velocity mismatch between the fundamental and the generated harmonic.

  12. Retrieval of Effective Parameters of Subwavelength Periodic Photonic Structures

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    Orlov, Alexey A.; Yankovskaya, Elizaveta A.; Zhukovsky, Sergei;

    2014-01-01

    We revisit the standard Nicolson Ross Weir method of effective permittivity and permeability restoration of photonic structures for the case of subwavelength metal-dielectric multilayers. We show that the direct application of the standard method yields a false zero-epsilon point and an associate...

  13. Subwavelength modulational instability and plasmon oscillons in nanoparticle arrays.

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    Noskov, Roman E; Belov, Pavel A; Kivshar, Yuri S

    2012-03-01

    We study modulational instability in nonlinear arrays of subwavelength metallic nanoparticles and analyze numerically nonlinear scenarios of the instability development. We demonstrate that modulational instability can lead to the formation of regular periodic or quasiperiodic modulations of the polarization. We reveal that such nonlinear nanoparticle arrays can support long-lived standing and moving oscillating nonlinear localized modes--plasmon oscillons. PMID:22463637

  14. Properties of Sub-wavelength Resonances in Metamaterial Cylinders

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    Arslanagic, Samel; Clausen, N.C.J.; Pedersen, R.R.;

    2008-01-01

    The analytical solution for the canonical configuration with electric line source illumination of concentric metamaterial cylinders is employed to study the properties of the observed sub-wavelength resonances. The near- and far-field distributions, the frequency and geometry bandwidths, and the...

  15. Sub-wavelength metamaterial cylinders with multiple dipole resonances

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    Arslanagic, Samel; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2009-01-01

    It has been shown that the sub-wavelength resonances of the individual MTM cylinders also occur for electrically small configurations combining 2 or 4 cylinders. For the 2-and 4-cylinder configurations the overall size is 1/20 and 1/12.5 of the smallest wavelength, respectively. These MTM...

  16. Nitidine chloride-assisted bio-functionalization of reduced graphene oxide by bovine serum albumin for impedimetric immunosensing.

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    Li, Yu; Zhang, Zhao; Zhang, Yuting; Deng, Dongmei; Luo, Liqiang; Han, Baosan; Fan, Chunhai

    2016-05-15

    A novel protocol of label-free electrochemical impedance immunosensor based on bovine serum albumin-nitidine chloride-reduced graphene oxide (BSA-NC-rGO) nanocomposite was proposed for quantitative determination of carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA). BSA was anchored to rGO via the aromatic plane of NC by π-stacking interaction to realize bio-functionalization of rGO, and then gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were electrodeposited onto the surface of BSA-NC-rGO nanocomposite. The morphology, conductivity and interaction of different nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and UV-vis spectrum. CEA monoclonal antibody (anti-CEA) was conjugated to AuNPs via gold-thiol chemistry to construct electrochemical immunosensing platform, and the specific immunoreaction between CEA and anti-CEA was monitored by EIS. Under optimum conditions, CEA could be quantified in a wide range of 0.1-200ngmL(-1) (R=0.9948) with low detection limit of 0.067ngmL(-1). The proposed immunosensor exhibited great potential for detecting blood samples. PMID:26748371

  17. Enhanced Transmission of Light and Particle Waves through Subwavelength Nanoapertures by Far-Field Interference

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    Kukhlevsky, S V

    2007-01-01

    Subwavelength aperture arrays in thin metal films can enable enhanced transmission of light and matter (atom) waves. The phenomenon relies on resonant excitation of the plasmon or matter surface waves. We show another mechanism that provides a great transmission enhancement of the light and de Broglie particle waves not by coupling to the surface waves but by the interference of diffracted evanescent waves in the far-field zone. Verification of the mechanism is presented by comparison with recently published data. The Wood anomalies in transmission spectra of gratings, a long standing problem in optics, follow naturally from interference properties of the model. The new point, in comparison to other models, is the prediction of the Wood anomaly in a classical Young-type two-slit system.

  18. Subwavelength imaging from a multilayered structure containing interleaved nonspherical metal-dielectric composites

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    Shi, Lihong; Gao, Lei

    2008-05-01

    A thin multilayered structure with interleaved nonspherical metal-dielectric composites slices and dielectric slices may be modeled as the metamaterial with anisotropic permittivity. The signs of diagonal elements of the permittivity tensor can be controlled by the particles’ shape, the volume fraction of metal particles, and the incidental wavelengths. To one’s interest, when the spheroidal nanoparticles are oblate in shape, the wavelength range in which components of the permittivity have different signs is widened, and the magnitude of optical absorption band becomes weak. Since both physical anisotropy and low absorption are helpful for improving the subwavelength image resolution, the multilayered structure containing metal-dielectric composite layer of nonspherical particles may be designed as a superlens device. In addition, the incident wavelength and the number of nanolayers are found to play crucial roles in enhancing the evanescent field performance too.

  19. Near-field properties of diffraction through a circular subwavelength-size aperture

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    Wang Zheng-Ling; Zhou Ming; Gao Chuan-Yu; Zhang Wei

    2012-01-01

    Analytical nonparaxial vectorial electric field expressions for both Gaussian beams and plane waves diffracted through a circular aperture are derived by using the vector plane angular spectrum method for the first time,which is suitable for the subwavelength aperture and the near-field region.The transverse properties of intensity distributions and their evolutions with the propagating distance,and the power transmission functions for diffracted fields containing the whole field,the evanescent field and the propagating field are investigated in detail,which is helpful for understanding the relationship between evanescent and propagating components in the near-field region and can be applied to apertured near-field scanning optical microscopy.

  20. Numerical Investigation of Vertical Cavity Lasers with Subwavelength Gratings Using the Fourier Modal Method

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    Taghizadeh, Alireza; Chung, Il-Sug

    2016-01-01

    We show the strength of the Fourier modal method (FMM) for numerically investigating the optical properties of vertical cavities including subwavelength gratings. Three different techniques for determining the resonance frequency and Q-factor of a cavity mode are compared. Based on that, the Fabry-Perot approach has been chosen due to its numerical efficiency. The computational uncertainty in determining the resonance frequency and Q-factor is investigated, showing that the uncertainty in the Q-factor calculation can be a few orders of magnitude larger than that in the resonance frequency calculation. Moreover, a method for reducing 3D simulations to lower-dimensional simulations is suggested, and is shown to enable approximate and fast simulations of certain device parameters. Numerical calculation of the cavity dispersion, which is an important characteristic of vertical cavities, is illustrated. By employing the implemented FMM, it is shown that adiabatic heterostructures designs are advantageous compared ...

  1. Subwavelength Microstructures Fabrication by Self-Organization Processes in Photopolymerizable Nanocomposite

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    I. Yu. Denisyuk

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes our research results on nanometers sizes subwavelength nanostructure fabrication by UV curing of special nanocomposite material with self-organization and light self-focusing effects. For this purpose, special UV curable nanocomposite material with a set of effects was developing: light self-focusing in the photopolymer with positive refractive index change, self-organization based on photo-induced nanoparticles transportation, and oxygen-based polymerization threshold. Both holographic and projection lithography writing methods application for microstructure making shows geometrical optical laws perturbation as result of nanocomposite self-organization effects with formation of nanometers-sized high-aspect-ratio structures. Obtained results will be useful for diffraction limit overcoming in projection lithography as well as for deep lithography technique.

  2. Directional perfect absorption using deep subwavelength low permittivity films

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    Luk, Ting S; Kim, Iltai; Feng, Simin; Jun, Young Chul; Liu, Sheng; Wright, Jeremy B; Brener, Igal; Catrysse, Peter B; Fan, Shanhui; Sinclair, Michael B

    2014-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate single beam directional perfect absorption (to within experimental accuracy) of p-polarized light in the near-infrared using unpatterned, deep subwavelength films of indium tin oxide (ITO) on Ag. The experimental perfect absorption occurs slightly above the epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) frequency of ITO where the permittivity is less than one. Remarkably, we obtain perfect absorption for films whose thickness is as low as ~1/50th of the operating free-space wavelength and whose single pass attenuation is only ~ 5%. We further derive simple analytical conditions for perfect absorption in the subwavelength-film regime that reveal the constraints that the ITO permittivity must satisfy if perfect absorption is to be achieved. Then, to get a physical insight on the perfect absorption properties, we analyze the eigenmodes of the layered structure by computing both the real-frequency/complex-wavenumber and the complex-frequency/real-wavenumber modal dispersion diagrams. These analyses allow u...

  3. Sub-wavelength bubble in photon coincidence detection

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    Liu, Ruifeng; Zhou, Yu; Gao, Hong; Li, Fuli

    2013-01-01

    Sub-wavelength interference has a potential application in lithography to beat the classical Rayleigh limit of resolution. We carefully study the second-order correlation theory and find there is a bubble of sub-wavelength interference in photon coincidence detection. A Young's double-slit experiment with thermal light is carried out to test the second-order correlation pattern. The result shows that when different scanning ways of two point detectors are chosen, we can get arbitrary-wavelength interference patterns. We then give a theoretical explanation to this surprising result, and find this explanation is also suitable for the result by using entangled light. Furthermore, the question of whether this kind of arbitrary-wavelength interference patterns can be used in quantum lithography is also analyzed.

  4. Tunable deep-subwavelength superscattering using graphene monolayers

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    Li, R.J.; Lin, X.; Lin, S S; Liu, X.; Chen, H S.

    2015-01-01

    In this Letter, we theoretically propose for the first time that graphene monolayers can be used for superscatterer designs. We show that the scattering cross section of the bare deep-subwavelength dielectric cylinder is markedly enhanced by six orders of magnitude due to the excitation of the first-order resonance of graphene plamons. By utilizing the tunability of the plasmonic resonance through tuning graphene's chemical potential, the graphene superscatterer works in a wide range of frequ...

  5. Subwavelength imaging by a left-handed material superlens

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    Rao, X. S.; C. K. Ong

    2003-01-01

    In this work, finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method is employed to justify the superlensing effect of left-handed material (LHM) slabs. Our results demonstrate that subwavelength resolution can be achieved by realistic LHM slabs with finite absorption and dimension. We present the dynamic feature of the imaging process and the dependence of physical parameters on the performance of the superlens. These results help to clarify the diversed FDTD results reported previously. We also show t...

  6. Subwavelength imaging with opaque left-handed nonlinear lens

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    Zharov, Alexander A.; Zharova, Nina A.; Ilya V. Shadrivov; Yuri S. Kivshar

    2004-01-01

    We introduce the concept of subwavelength imaging with an opaque nonlinear left-handed lens by generating the second-harmonic field. We consider a slab of composite left-handed metamaterial with quadratic nonlinear response and show that such a flat lens can form, under certain conditions, an image of the second-harmonic field of the source being opaque at the fundamental frequency.

  7. Extra energy coupling through subwavelength hole arrays via stochastic resonance

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    Masson, Jean-Baptiste; Gallot, Guilhem

    2007-01-01

    Interaction between metal surface waves and periodic geometry of subwavelength structures is at the core of the recent but crucial renewal of interest in plasmonics. One of the most intriguing points is the observation of abnormal strong transmission through these periodic structures, which can exceed by orders of magnitude the classical transmission given by the filling factor of the plate. The actual paradigm is that this abnormal transmission arises from the periodicity, and then that such...

  8. Dispersion of nonlinearity and modulation instability in subwavelength semiconductor waveguides.

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    Gorbach, A V; Zhao, X; Skryabin, D V

    2011-05-01

    Tight confinement of light in subwavelength waveguides induces substantial dispersion of their nonlinear response. We demonstrate that this dispersion of nonlinearity can lead to the modulational instability in the regime of normal group velocity dispersion through the mechanism independent from higher order dispersions of linear waves. A simple phenomenological model describing this effect is the nonlinear Schrödinger equation with the intensity dependent group velocity dispersion. PMID:21643190

  9. Focusing of Acoustic Waves through Acoustic Materials with Subwavelength Structures

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    Xiao, Bingmu

    2013-05-01

    In this thesis, wave propagation through acoustic materials with subwavelength slits structures is studied. Guided by the findings, acoustic wave focusing is achieved with a specific material design. By using a parameter retrieving method, an effective medium theory for a slab with periodic subwavelength cut-through slits is successfully derived. The theory is based on eigenfunction solutions to the acoustic wave equation. Numerical simulations are implemented by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method for the two-dimensional acoustic wave equation. The theory provides the effective impedance and refractive index functions for the equivalent medium, which can reproduce the transmission and reflection spectral responses of the original structure. I analytically and numerically investigate both the validity and limitations of the theory, and the influences of material and geometry on the effective spectral responses are studied. Results show that large contrasts in impedance and density are conditions that validate the effective medium theory, and this approximation displays a better accuracy for a thick slab with narrow slits in it. Based on the effective medium theory developed, a design of a at slab with a snake shaped" subwavelength structure is proposed as a means of achieving acoustic focusing. The property of focusing is demonstrated by FDTD simulations. Good agreement is observed between the proposed structure and the equivalent lens pre- dicted by the theory, which leads to robust broadband focusing by a thin at slab.

  10. Breaking of Energy Conservation Law: Creating and Destroying of Energy by Subwavelength Nanosystems

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    Kukhlevsky, S. V.

    2006-01-01

    The extra energy, negative energy and annihilation of energy by the subwavelength conservative systems that have a wave nature of light or matter (quantum) objects are predicted. The creating and destroying of energy break the energy conservation law in any subwavelength physical system. The paradoxical phenomenon is demonstrated in the context of extraordinary transmission of light and matter through subwavelength apertures [T.W. Ebbesen et al., Nature (London) 391, 667 (1998) and E. Moreno ...

  11. Optimization and tunability of deep subwavelength resonators for metamaterial applications: complete enhanced transmission through a subwavelength aperture.

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    Alici, Kamil Boratay; Bilotti, Filiberto; Vegni, Lucio; Ozbay, Ekmel

    2009-04-13

    In the present work, we studied particle candidates for metamaterial applications, especially in terms of their electrical size and resonance strength. The analyzed particles can be easily produced via planar fabrication techniques. The electrical size of multi-split ring resonators, spiral resonators, and multi-spiral resonators are reported as a function of the particle side length and substrate permittivity. The study is continued by demonstrating the scalability of the particles to higher frequencies and the proposition of the optimized particle for antenna, absorber, and superlens applications: a multi-spiral resonator with lambda/30 electrical size operating at 0.810 GHz. We explain a method for tuning the resonance frequency of the multi-split structures. Finally, we demonstrate that by inserting deep subwavelength resonators into periodically arranged subwavelength apertures, complete transmission enhancement can be obtained at the magnetic resonance frequency. PMID:19365412

  12. All-dielectric subwavelength metasurface focusing lens.

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    West, Paul R; Stewart, James L; Kildishev, Alexander V; Shalaev, Vladimir M; Shkunov, Vladimir V; Strohkendl, Friedrich; Zakharenkov, Yuri A; Dodds, Robert K; Byren, Robert

    2014-10-20

    We have proposed, designed, manufactured and tested low loss dielectric micro-lenses for infrared (IR) radiation based on a dielectric metamaterial layer. This metamaterial layer was created by patterning a dielectric surface and etching to sub-micron depths. For a proof-of-concept lens demonstration, we have chosen a fine patterned array of nano-pillars with variable diameters. Gradient index (GRIN) properties were achieved by engineering the nano-pattern characteristics across the lens, so that the effective optical density of the dielectric metamaterial layer peaks around the lens center, and gradually drops at the lens periphery. A set of lens designs with reduced reflection and tailorable phase gradients have been developed and tested, demonstrating focal distances of a few hundred microns, beam area contraction ratio up to three, and insertion losses as low as 11%. PMID:25401653

  13. Complete Control of Polarization and Phase of Light with High Efficiency and Sub-wavelength Spatial Resolution

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    Arbabi, Amir; Bagheri, Mahmood; Faraon, Andrei

    2014-01-01

    Meta-surfaces are planar structures that locally change polarization, phase, and amplitude of light, thus enabling flat, lithographically patterned free-space optical components with functionalities controlled by design. Several types of meta-surfaces have been reported, but low efficiency and the inability to provide simultaneous phase and polarization control have limited their applications. Here we demonstrate a platform based on high-contrast dielectric elliptical nano-posts providing complete and efficient control of polarization and phase with sub-wavelength spatial resolution. The unprecedented freedom in manipulating light not only enables realization of conventional free-space transmissive optical elements such as phase-plates, wave-plates and beam-splitters, but also elements with novel functionalities such as general polarization switchable phase holograms and arbitrary vector beam generators which will change the design paradigms for free-space optical systems.

  14. Multilayer metal–dielectric planar waveguides for subwavelength guiding of long-range hybrid plasmon polaritons at 1550 nm

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    The characteristics of long-range hybrid plasmonic modes guided by multilayer metal–dielectric planar waveguides are investigated at the telecom wavelength. These multilayer structures are formed by sandwiching thin metallic stripes into horizontal silicon slot-like waveguides. Comprehensive numerical studies regarding the geometric parameters’ effects on the modal properties reveal that, by properly choosing the dimensions of the metal stripe and the low-index gaps between the stripe and the silicon layers, the symmetric hybrid modes supported by the structures could feature simultaneously ultra-long propagation distance (several centimeters) and subwavelength mode size. Consideration of possible fabrication imperfections shows that the optical performances of the waveguides are quite robust and highly tolerant to these errors. The presented multilayer plasmonic structures greatly extend the capabilities of conventional long-range surface plasmon polariton waveguides by successfully confining light into a subwavelength scale while maintaining the key advantage of enabling ultra-low-loss propagation, which could facilitate potential applications in ultra-long-range plasmon waveguiding and realizations of compact, high-performance photonic components, as well as building optically integrated circuits with complex functionalities. (paper)

  15. Differential evolution algorithm based photonic structure design: numerical and experimental verification of subwavelength λ/5 focusing of light

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    Bor, E.; Turduev, M.; Kurt, H.

    2016-08-01

    Photonic structure designs based on optimization algorithms provide superior properties compared to those using intuition-based approaches. In the present study, we numerically and experimentally demonstrate subwavelength focusing of light using wavelength scale absorption-free dielectric scattering objects embedded in an air background. An optimization algorithm based on differential evolution integrated into the finite-difference time-domain method was applied to determine the locations of each circular dielectric object with a constant radius and refractive index. The multiobjective cost function defined inside the algorithm ensures strong focusing of light with low intensity side lobes. The temporal and spectral responses of the designed compact photonic structure provided a beam spot size in air with a full width at half maximum value of 0.19λ, where λ is the wavelength of light. The experiments were carried out in the microwave region to verify numerical findings, and very good agreement between the two approaches was found. The subwavelength light focusing is associated with a strong interference effect due to nonuniformly arranged scatterers and an irregular index gradient. Improving the focusing capability of optical elements by surpassing the diffraction limit of light is of paramount importance in optical imaging, lithography, data storage, and strong light-matter interaction.

  16. Achievement and steering of light-induced sub-wavelength longitudinal magnetization chain.

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    Nie, Zhongquan; Ding, Weiqiang; Shi, Guang; Li, Dongyu; Zhang, Xueru; Wang, Yuxiao; Song, Yinglin

    2015-08-10

    The light-induced magnetization distributions for a high numerical aperture focusing configuration with an azimuthally polarized Bessel-Gaussian beam modulated by optimized vortex binary filters are investigated based on the inverse Faraday effect. It is found that, by adjusting the radii of different rings of the single/ cascaded vortex binary filters, super-long (12λ) and sub-wavelength (0.416λ) longitudinal magnetization chain with single/dual channels can be achieved in the focal region. Such well-behaved magnetization trait is attributed to the mutual effect between the optical polarization singularities of the azimuthally polarized beam and single/cascaded spiral optical elements. In addition, we find that the displacement distance of the longitudinal magnetization chain is proportional to the phase difference between the inner circle and outer ring of the vortex binary filters, thus giving rise to the steerable magnetization chain. It is expected that the research outcomes can be applied in multiple atoms trapping and transport, multilayer magneto-optical data storage, fabrication of magnetic lattices for spin wave operation and development of ultra-compact optomagnetic devices. PMID:26367978

  17. Enhanced transmission of transverse electric waves through periodic arrays of structured subwavelength apertures

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    Xiao, Sanshui; Peng, Liang; Mortensen, Asger

    2010-01-01

    Transmission through sub-wavelength apertures in perfect metals is expected to be strongly suppressed. However, by structural engineering of the apertures, we numerically demonstrate that the transmission of transverse electric waves through periodic arrays of subwavelength apertures in a thin...

  18. Subwavelength electromagnetic energy transport by stack of metallic nanorings

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    Jafari, M. R.; Ebrahimi, F.; Nooshirvani, M.

    2010-09-01

    In this paper, we consider linear ordered stack of metallic nanorings in the presence of Aharonov-Bohm magnetic flux for externally tunable electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit. Using random phase approximation, we demonstrate that such structure supports propagating surface plasmon modes with negative group velocities and with magnetic flux dependent frequencies. Our results for dispersion relations, bandwidths, and tunabilities of surface plasmon modes give an explicit demonstration that nanoring based subwavelength waveguides are potential candidate for electromagnetic energy transport below the diffraction limit in the terahertz part of spectrum.

  19. Subwavelength imaging by a left-handed material superlens.

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    Rao, X S; Ong, C K

    2003-12-01

    In this work, a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method is employed to justify the superlensing effect of left-handed material (LHM) slabs. Our results demonstrate that subwavelength resolution can be achieved by LHM slabs with certain parameters. We present the dynamic feature of the imaging process and the dependence of physical parameters on the performance of the superlens. These results help to clarify the diverse FDTD results reported previously. We also show that the achievable resolution is limited by the absorption and thickness of the LHM slabs, which introduces difficulties in practical applications of the superlens. PMID:14754364

  20. Subwavelength resolution with a negative-index metamaterial superlens

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    Aydin, Koray; Bulu, Irfan; Ozbay, Ekmel

    2007-06-01

    Negative-index metamaterials are candidates for imaging objects with sizes smaller than a half-wavelength. The authors report an impedance-matched, low loss negative-index metamaterial superlens that is capable of resolving subwavelength features of a point source with a 0.13λ resolution, which is the highest resolution achieved by a negative-index metamaterial. By separating two point sources with a distance of λ /8, they were able to detect two distinct peaks on the image plane. They also showed that the metamaterial based structure has a flat lens behavior.

  1. Subwavelength grating-mirror VCSEL with a thin oxide gap

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    Chung, Il-Sug; Mørk, Jesper; Gilet, Philippe;

    2008-01-01

    A new vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) structure based on a subwavelength grating mirror and a thin oxide gap is suggested and numerically investigated. The structure is shown to exhibit similar threshold gain, suppression of higher order transverse modes, and polarization stability...... as a grating-mirror VCSEL reported in the literature based on a thick air gap. The thin oxide gap structure has a number of advantages including easier fabrication, better mechanical stability, and very strong single-mode properties....

  2. Broadband line imaging with subwavelength resolution using plasmonic waveguides

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    Podoliak, N.; Horak, P.; Prangsma, J.C.; Pinkse, P.W.H.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we design a high-resolution line imaging device allowing for broadband operation at near-infrared wavelengths ranging from 1 ?m to 2 ?m utilizing the advantage of subwavelength light confinement in plasmonic waveguides. The device consists of an array of air-guided plasmonic waveguides in gold with fanned-out geometry. In the main part of the device the separation between waveguides increases gradually from the input towards the output. High resolution is achieved on the input s...

  3. Spectral light separator based on deep-subwavelength resonant apertures in a metallic film

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    We propose to funnel, select, and collect light spectrally by exploiting the unique properties of deep-subwavelength resonant apertures in a metallic film. In our approach, each aperture has an electromagnetic cross section that is much larger than its physical size while the frequency of the collected light is controlled by its height through the Fabry-Pérot resonance mechanism. The electromagnetic crosstalk between apertures remains low despite physical separations in the deep-subwavelength range. The resulting device enables an extremely efficient, subwavelength way to decompose light into its spectral components without the loss of photons and spatial coregistration errors. As a specific example, we show a subwavelength-size structure with three deep-subwavelength slits in a metallic film designed to operate in the mid-wave infrared range between 3 and 5.5 μm.

  4. Subwavelength light confinement and quantum chaos in micro- and nano-structured metamaterials

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    Govyadinov, Alexander A.

    This dissertation concerns a broad range of unique phenomena related to the light propagation at nano- and micro-scales. To access the nano-domain, we introduce anisotropy-based waveguides with positive- and negative-index modes. These novel structures allow energy propagation in subwavelength regions and, in contrast to surface waves, have the mode structure identical to that of telecom fibers. We design multilayered meta-materials for far-IR to visible frequencies and develop analytical homogenization techniques for light transmission through these systems. Our numerical simulations demonstrate that tapered waveguides with anisotropic cores can efficiently transfer energy to and from regions as small as 1/45-th of the wavelength, substantially outperforming conventional techniques. We analyze the behavior of volume and surface modes in nano-waveguides and demonstrate theoretically that subwavelength geometry enables the unique control over modes' dispersive properties, unavailable in diffraction-limited systems. In particular, the inter-scale transition between "photonic-funnel" and "photonic-compressor" regimes in nano-structures allows versatile management of the group velocity of light pulses ranging from slow to superluminal values. As a control mechanism, we employ the material gain, previously suggested for loss compensation, and develop an analytical description of the relevant physics. We further study the prospects of gain-assisted dispersion management in passive and active negative index structures and formulate a universal approach for defining the causal direction of the wave vector of modes in optical metamaterials. This approach also determines signs of the refractive index and impedance. We employ the developed formalism to demonstrate a broadband dispersion-less index and impedance matching in the nanowire-based negative index materials. Finally, we address light scattering phenomena in asymmetric micro-cavity resonators. We introduce a novel

  5. On subwavelength imaging of Maxwell's fish eye lens

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    Sun, Fei

    2010-01-01

    Both explicit analysis and FEM numerical simulation are used to analyze the field distribution of a line current in the so-called Maxwell's fish eye lens, which has been claimed recently to be able to achieve perfect imaging. We show that such a Maxwell's fish eye lens cannot give perfect imaging due to the fact that high order modes of the object field can hardly reach the image point in the Maxwell's fish eye. If only zero order mode is excited, a subwavelength image can be achieved, however, its spot-size is larger than the spot size of the source field. The image resolution is determined by the field spot size of the image corresponding to the zeroth order component of the object field. Our explicit analysis consists very well with the FEM results for a modified fish eye bounded with perfectly electrical conductor (PEC). Explicit condition is given for achieving a subwavelength image. When this condition is not satisfied, a single line current source may give multiple image spots.

  6. Development of a subwavelength grating vortex coronagraph of topological charge 4 (SGVC4)

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    Delacroix, Christian; Carlomagno, Brunella; Piron, Pierre; Forsberg, Pontus; Karlsson, Mikael; Mawet, Dimitri; Habraken, Serge; Surdej, Jean

    2014-01-01

    One possible solution to achieve high contrast direct imaging at a small inner working angle (IWA) is to use a vector vortex coronagraph (VVC), which provides a continuous helical phase ramp in the focal plane of the telescope with a phase singularity in its center. Such an optical vortex is characterized by its topological charge, i.e., the number of times the phase accumulates 2{\\pi} radians along a closed path surrounding the singularity. Over the past few years, we have been developing a charge-2 VVC induced by rotationally symmetric subwavelength gratings (SGVC2), also known as the Annular Groove Phase Mask (AGPM). Since 2013, several SGVC2s (or AGPMs) were manufactured using synthetic diamond substrate, then validated on dedicated optical benches, and installed on 10-m class telescopes. Increasing the topological charge seems however mandatory for cancelling the light of bright stars which will be partially resolved by future Extremely Large Telescopes in the near-infrared. In this paper, we first detai...

  7. Integrated Photonic Nanofences: Combining Subwavelength Waveguides with an Enhanced Evanescent Field for Sensing Applications.

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    Cadarso, Victor J; Llobera, Andreu; Puyol, Mar; Schift, Helmut

    2016-01-26

    Photonic nanofences consisting of high aspect ratio polymeric optical subwavelength waveguides have been developed for their application into photonic sensing devices. They are up to millimeter long arrays of 250 nm wide and 6 μm high ridges produced by an advanced lithography process on a silicon substrate enabling their straightforward integration into complex photonic circuits. Both simulations and experimental results show that the overlap of the evanescent fields propagating from each photonic nanofence allows for the formation of an effective waveguide that confines the overall evanescent field within its limits. This permits a high interaction with the surrounding medium which can be larger than 90% of the total guided light intensity (approximately 20000 times larger than the evanescent field of a standard waveguide with equivalent dimensions). In this work, we not only investigate the photonic properties of these structures but also demonstrate their successful integration into a photonic sensor. An absorbance-based sensor for the determination of lead in water samples is therefore achieved by the combination of the photonic nanofences with an ion-sensitive optical membrane. The experimental results for lead detection in water show a sensitivity of 0.102 AU/decade, and a linear range between 10(-6) M and 10(-2) M Pb(II). A detection limit as low as 7.3 nM has been calculated according to IUPAC for a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. PMID:26615837

  8. Practical realization of deeply subwavelength multilayer metal-dielectric nanostructures based on InGaAsP (Presentation Recording)

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    Smalley, Joseph S. T.; Vallini, Felipe; Montoya, Sergio; Fullerton, Eric E.; Fainman, Yeshaiahu

    2015-09-01

    Using established nanofabrication techniques, we realize deeply subwavelength multilayer metal-dielectric nanostructures composed of silver and indium gallium arsenide phosphide (InGaAsP). In contrast to most, if not all, subwavelength multilayer metal-dielectric systems to date, the Bloch vector of the fabricated structure is parallel to the plane of the substrate, making it suitable for waveguide integration. InGaAsP multiple quantum wells (MQWs) are epitaxially grown on InP normal to the Bloch vector of the resulting multilayer. The associated carrier population of the MQWs allows for active control of the behavior of the nanostructure via external optical pumping. Individual layer thicknesses of 30nm are repeatedly achieved via electron-beam lithography, reactive ion etching of InGaAsP, and sputter deposition of silver. Resulting 60nm periods of the one-dimensional periodic structure are 25 times smaller than telecommunication wavelengths in vacuum. The realized multilayer nanostructures hold promise as a platform for active and tunable hyperbolic metamaterials at telecommunication frequencies.

  9. Low Contrast Dielectric Metasurface Optics

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    Zhan, Alan; Colburn, Shane; Trivedi, Rahul; Dodson, Chris; Majumdar, Arka

    2015-01-01

    The miniaturization of current image sensors is largely limited by the volume of the optical elements. Using a sub-wavelength patterned quasi-periodic structure, also known as a metasurface, one can build planar optical elements based on the principle of diffraction. However, it was believed that high refractive index materials are required for metasurface optics. Here, we show that one can employ the design principles of a metasurface even with low contrast materials, such as silicon nitride...

  10. An optical metasurface planar camera

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    Arbabi, Amir; Arbabi, Ehsan; Kamali, Seyedeh Mahsa; Horie, Yu; Han, Seunghoon; Faraon, Andrei

    2016-01-01

    Optical metasurfaces are 2D arrays of nano-scatterers that modify optical wavefronts at subwavelength spatial resolution. They are poised to revolutionize optical design by enabling complex low cost systems where multiple metasurfaces are lithographically stacked on top of each other and are integrated with electronics. For imaging applications, metasurface stacks can perform sophisticated image corrections and can be directly integrated with image sensors. Here, we demonstrate this concept w...

  11. Propagation characteristics of the silica and silicon subwavelength-diameter hollow wire waveguides

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    Man Wu; Weiqing Huang; Lingling Wang

    2008-01-01

    @@ The basic propagation properties of the silica and silicon subwavelength-diameter hollow wire waveguides have been investigated by comparison. It shows that the silica and silicon subwavelength-diameter hollow wire waveguides have some interesting properties, such as enhanced evanescent field in the cladding, enhanced intensity in the hollow core, and large waveguide dispersion. For the different confinement ability, the enhanced field in the hollow core and cladding of the silica subwavelength-diameter hollow wire is much stronger than that of the silicon one for the same size.

  12. Wavefront modulation and subwavelength diffractive acoustics with an acoustic metasurface.

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    Xie, Yangbo; Wang, Wenqi; Chen, Huanyang; Konneker, Adam; Popa, Bogdan-Ioan; Cummer, Steven A

    2014-01-01

    Metasurfaces are a family of novel wavefront-shaping devices with planar profile and subwavelength thickness. Acoustic metasurfaces with ultralow profile yet extraordinary wave manipulating properties would be highly desirable for improving the performance of many acoustic wave-based applications. However, designing acoustic metasurfaces with similar functionality to their electromagnetic counterparts remains challenging with traditional metamaterial design approaches. Here we present a design and realization of an acoustic metasurface based on tapered labyrinthine metamaterials. The demonstrated metasurface can not only steer an acoustic beam as expected from the generalized Snell's law, but also exhibits various unique properties such as conversion from propagating wave to surface mode, extraordinary beam-steering and apparent negative refraction through higher-order diffraction. Such designer acoustic metasurfaces provide a new design methodology for acoustic signal modulation devices and may be useful for applications such as acoustic imaging, beam steering, ultrasound lens design and acoustic surface wave-based applications. PMID:25418084

  13. Acoustic metasurface-based perfect absorber with deep subwavelength thickness

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    Li, Yong; Assouar, Badreddine M.

    2016-02-01

    Conventional acoustic absorbers are used to have a structure with a thickness comparable to the working wavelength, resulting in major obstacles in real applications in low frequency range. We present a metasurface-based perfect absorber capable of achieving the total absorption of acoustic wave in an extremely low frequency region. The metasurface possessing a deep subwavelength thickness down to a feature size of ˜ λ / 223 is composed of a perforated plate and a coiled coplanar air chamber. Simulations based on fully coupled acoustic with thermodynamic equations and theoretical impedance analysis are utilized to reveal the underlying physics and the acoustic performances, showing an excellent agreement. Our realization should have an high impact on amount of applications due to the extremely thin thickness, easy fabrication, and high efficiency of the proposed structure.

  14. Near-field phase singularity in subwavelength metallic microstructures

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    A near-field phase singularity (NFPS) depending on the spin state of the incident electromagnetic (EM) radiation is very fascinating because it can enrich the functionality of the EM radiation in metamaterials. Here we present a microscopic dipole model to describe the NFPS effect under the time-harmonic quasistatic limit. The results reveal that NFPS exists for the longitudinal components of both electric and magnetic fields as well as the transverse component of time-averaged Poynting vector. The localized surface plasmon polariton in the subwavelength metallic structure contributes to enhance the generation efficiency of NFPS by introducing the resonance of the electric dipole. This effect not only is promising for microtrapping and manipulation but also enriches the functionality of the existing metamaterials.

  15. 1060-nm Tunable Monolithic High Index Contrast Subwavelength Grating VCSEL

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    Ansbæk, Thor; Chung, Il-Sug; Semenova, Elizaveta;

    2013-01-01

    We present the first tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) where the top distributed Bragg reflector has been completely substituted by an air-cladded high-index-contrast subwavelength grating (HCG) mirror. In this way, an extended cavity design can be realized by reducing the...... reflection at the semiconductor #x2013;air interface using an anti-reflective coating (ARC). We demonstrate how the ARC can be integrated in a monolithic structure by oxidizing AlGaAs with high Al-content. The HCG VCSEL has the potential to achieve polarization stable single-mode output with high tuning...... efficiency. The HCG VCSEL shows a total tuning range of 16 nm around an emission wavelength of 1060 nm with 1-mW output power....

  16. Subwavelength-grating-induced wavefront aberrations: a case study

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    Crabtree, Karlton; Chipman, Russell A.

    2007-07-01

    The on-axis wavefront aberrations of a one-dimensional subwavelength-grating antireflection coating on an f/1.7 lens surface are shown to be small with noticeable contributions of defocus, astigmatism, and piston. The astigmatism is 0.02 wave, and the magnitude of the piston approaches one wave peak-to-valley. The difference in aberrations between orthogonally polarized wavefronts, or the retardance aberration, shows 0.01 wave of astigmatismlike variation and more than 0.01 wave of retardance-induced defocuslike variation. A small coupling between polarization states occurs in the form of the familiar Maltese cross, yielding a maximum of 3% coupling in the four diagonal edges of the pupil.

  17. Optical characterication of probes for photon scanning tunnelling microscopy

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    Vohnsen, Brian; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.

    The photon scanning tunnelling microscope is a well-established member of the family of scanning near-field optical microscopes used for optical imaging at the sub-wavelength scale. The quality of the probes, typically pointed uncoated optical fibres, used is however difficult to evaluate in a...

  18. Geometrical tuning art for entirely subwavelength grating waveguide based integrated photonics circuits

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    Wang, Zheng; Xu, Xiaochuan; Fan, Donglei; Wang, Yaguo; Subbaraman, Harish; Chen, Ray T.

    2016-05-01

    Subwavelength grating (SWG) waveguide is an intriguing alternative to conventional optical waveguides due to the extra degree of freedom it offers in tuning a few important waveguide properties, such as dispersion and refractive index. Devices based on SWG waveguides have demonstrated impressive performances compared to conventional waveguides. However, the high loss of SWG waveguide bends jeopardizes their applications in integrated photonic circuits. In this work, we propose a geometrical tuning art, which realizes a pre-distorted refractive index profile in SWG waveguide bends. The pre-distorted refractive index profile can effectively reduce the mode mismatch and radiation loss simultaneously, thus significantly reduce the bend loss. This geometry tuning art has been numerically optimized and experimentally demonstrated in present study. Through such tuning, the average insertion loss of a 5 μm SWG waveguide bend is reduced drastically from 5.43 dB to 1.10 dB per 90° bend for quasi-TE polarization. In the future, the proposed scheme will be utilized to enhance performance of a wide range of SWG waveguide based photonics devices.

  19. Modular sub-wavelength diffractive light modulator for high-definition holographic displays

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    Holography is undoubtedly the ultimate 3D visualization technology, offering true 3D experience with all the natural depth cues, without the undesirable side-effects of current stereoscopic systems (uncomfortable glasses, strained eyes, fatiguing experience). Realization of a high-definition holographic display however requires a number of breakthroughs from existing prototypes. One of the main challenges lies in technology scaling, as holography is based on light diffraction and interference – to achieve wide viewing angles, the light-modulating pixels need to be spaced close to or below the wavelength of the used visible light. Furthermore, achieving high 3D image quality, hundreds of millions of such individually programmable pixels are needed. As a solution, we develop a modular sub-wavelength light modulator, consisting of three main sub-systems: the optical sub-system, comprising a 2D array of sub-wavelength pixels; the driver sub-system for individual pixel control, and the holographic computational engine. Based on conclusions from our state-of-the art studies, numerous experiments and holographic demonstrators, we have focused on reflective phase-modulating MEMS-based system and its scaling beyond 500nm pitch. We have devised a unique binary-programmable phase-modulating pixel architecture realizing vertical pixel displacement of up to 150nm at 500nm by 500nm pixel pitch, while sustaining low operating voltages compatible with CMOS driver circuitry. IMEC SiGe MEMS technology enables integration of the CMOS pixel-line drivers, scan-line drivers and I/O circuits underneath the 2D MEMS array, resulting in a compact and modular single-chip system design. Refresh rates of few hundred frames per second are achieved using our patented segmented driver-array architecture. Integrated circuits implementing parallel holographic computational engines can be added to the module using advanced 3D stacking technology. Herein we further report on our progress in

  20. Localized Polymerization Using Single Photon Photoinitiators in Two-photon process for Fabricating Subwavelength Structures

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    Ummethala, Govind; Chaudhary, Raghvendra P; Hawal, Suyog; Saxena, Sumit; Shukla, Shobha

    2016-01-01

    Localized polymerization in subwavelength volumes using two photon dyes has now become a well-established method for fabrication of subwavelength structures. Unfortunately, the two photon absorption dyes used in such process are not only expensive but also proprietary. LTPO-L is an inexpensive, easily available single photon photoinitiator and has been used extensively for single photon absorption of UV light for polymerization. These polymerization volumes however are not localized and extend to micron size resolution having limited applications. We have exploited high quantum yield of radicals of LTPO-Lfor absorption of two photons to achieve localized polymerization in subwavelength volumes, much below the diffraction limit. Critical concentration (10wt%) of LTPO-Lin acrylate (Sartomer) was found optimal to achieve subwavelength localized polymerization and has been demonstrated by fabricating 2D/3D complex nanostructures and functional devices such as variable polymeric gratings with nanoscaled subwavelen...

  1. Sub-wavelength InAs quantum dot micro-disk lasers epitaxially grown on exact Si (001) substrates

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    Wan, Yating; Li, Qiang; Liu, Alan Y.; Chow, Weng W.; Gossard, Arthur C.; Bowers, John E.; Hu, Evelyn L.; Lau, Kei May

    2016-05-01

    Subwavelength micro-disk lasers (MDLs) as small as 1 μm in diameter on exact (001) silicon were fabricated using colloidal lithography. The micro-cavity gain medium incorporating five-stacked InAs quantum dot layers was grown on a high crystalline quality GaAs-on-V-grooved-Si template with no absorptive intermediate buffers. Under continuous-wave optical pumping, the MDLs on silicon exhibit lasing in the 1.2-μm wavelength range with low thresholds down to 35 μW at 10 K. The MDLs compare favorably with devices fabricated on native GaAs substrates and state-of-the-art work reported elsewhere. Feasibility of device miniaturization can be projected by size-dependent lasing characteristics. The results show a promising path towards dense integration of photonic components on the mainstream complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor platform.

  2. Investigation of plasmon resonance tunneling through subwavelength hole arrays in highly doped conductive ZnO films

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    Experimental results pertaining to plasmon resonance tunneling through a highly conductive zinc oxide (ZnO) layer with subwavelength hole-arrays is investigated in the mid-infrared regime. Gallium-doped ZnO layers are pulsed-laser deposited on a silicon wafer. The ZnO has metallic optical properties with a bulk plasma frequency of 214 THz, which is equivalent to a free space wavelength of 1.4 μm. Hole arrays with different periods and hole shapes are fabricated via a standard photolithography process. Resonant mode tunneling characteristics are experimentally studied for different incident angles and compared with surface plasmon theoretical calculations and finite-difference time-domain simulations. Transmission peaks, higher than the baseline predicted by diffraction theory, are observed in each of the samples at wavelengths that correspond to the excitation of surface plasmon modes

  3. Graphene based metamaterials for terahertz cloaking and subwavelength imaging

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    Forouzmand, Seyedali

    Graphene is a two-dimensional carbon crystal that became one of the most controversial topics of research in the last few years. The intense interest in graphene stems from recent demonstrations of their potentially revolutionary electromagnetic applications -- including negative refraction, subdiffraction imaging, and even invisibility -- which have suggested a wide range of new devices for communications, sensing, and biomedicine. In addition, it has been shown that graphene is amenable to unique patterning schemes such as cutting, bending, folding, and fusion that are predicted to lead to interesting properties. A recent proposed application of graphene is in engineering the scattering properties of objects, which may be leveraged in applications such as radar-cross-section management and stealth, where it may be required to make one object look like another object or render an object completely invisible. We present the analytical formulation for the analysis of electromagnetic interaction with a finite conducting wedge covered with a cylindrically shaped nanostructured graphene metasurface, resulting in the scattering cancellation of the dominant scattering mode for all the incident and all the observation angles. Following this idea, the cylindrical graphene metasurface is utilized for cloaking of several concentric finite conducting wedges. In addition, a wedge shaped metasurface is proposed as an alternative approach for cloaking of finite wedges. The resolution of the conventional imaging lenses is restricted by the natural diffraction limit. Artificially engineered metamaterials now offer the possibility of creating a superlens that overcomes this restriction. We demonstrate that a wire medium (WM) slab loaded with graphene sheets enables the enhancement of the near field for subwavelength imaging at terahertz (THz) frequencies. The analysis is based on the nonlocal homogenization model for WM with the additional boundary condition in the connection of

  4. Diffractive optics and nanophotonics resolution below the diffraction limit

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    Minin, Igor

    2016-01-01

    In this book the authors present several examples of techniques used to overcome the Abby diffraction limit using flat and 3D diffractive optical elements, photonic crystal lenses, photonic jets, and surface plasmon diffractive optics. The structures discussed can be used in the microwave and THz range and also as scaled models for optical frequencies. Such nano-optical microlenses can be integrated, for example, into existing semiconductor heterostructure platforms for next-generation optoelectronic applications. Chapter 1 considers flat diffractive lenses and innovative 3D radiating structures including a conical millimeter-wave Fresnel zone plate (FZP) lens proposed for subwavelength focusing. In chapter 2 the subwavelength focusing properties of diffractive photonic crystal lenses are considered and it is shown that at least three different types of photonic crystal lens are possible.  With the aim of achieving subwavelength focusing, in chapter 3 an alternative mechanism to produce photonic jets at Tera...

  5. Subwavelength engineered fiber-to-chip silicon-on-sapphire interconnects for mid-infrared applications (Conference Presentation)

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    Alonso-Ramos, Carlos; Han, Zhaohong; Le Roux, Xavier; Lin, Hongtao; Singh, Vivek; Lin, Pao Tai; Tan, Dawn; Cassan, Eric; Marris-Morini, Delphine; Vivien, Laurent; Wada, Kazumi; Hu, Juejun; Agarwal, Anuradha; Kimerling, Lionel C.

    2016-05-01

    The mid-Infrared wavelength range (2-20 µm), so-called fingerprint region, contains the very sharp vibrational and rotational resonances of many chemical and biological substances. Thereby, on-chip absorption-spectrometry-based sensors operating in the mid-Infrared (mid-IR) have the potential to perform high-precision, label-free, real-time detection of multiple target molecules within a single sensor, which makes them an ideal technology for the implementation of lab-on-a-chip devices. Benefiting from the great development realized in the telecom field, silicon photonics is poised to deliver ultra-compact efficient and cost-effective devices fabricated at mass scale. In addition, Si is transparent up to 8 µm wavelength, making it an ideal material for the implementation of high-performance mid-IR photonic circuits. The silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology, typically used in telecom applications, relies on silicon dioxide as bottom insulator. Unfortunately, silicon dioxide absorbs light beyond 3.6 µm, limiting the usability range of the SOI platform for the mid-IR. Silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) has been proposed as an alternative solution that extends the operability region up to 6 µm (sapphire absorption), while providing a high-index contrast. In this context, surface grating couplers have been proved as an efficient means of injecting and extracting light from mid-IR SOS circuits that obviate the need of cleaving sapphire. However, grating couplers typically have a reduced bandwidth, compared with facet coupling solutions such as inverse or sub-wavelength tapers. This feature limits their feasibility for absorption spectroscopy applications that may require monitoring wide wavelength ranges. Interestingly, sub-wavelength engineering can be used to substantially improve grating coupler bandwidth, as demonstrated in devices operating at telecom wavelengths. Here, we report on the development of fiber-to-chip interconnects to ZrF4 optical fibers and integrated SOS

  6. On subwavelength imaging with Maxwell's fish eye lens

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    Sun, Fei

    2010-01-01

    Both explicit analysis and FEM numerical simulation are used to analyze the field distribution of a line current in the so-called Maxwell's fish eye lens [bounded with a perfectly electrical conductor (PEC) boundary]. We show that such a 2D Maxwell's fish eye lens cannot give perfect imaging due to the fact that high order modes of the object field can hardly reach the image point in Maxwell's fish eye lens. If only zeroth order mode is excited, a subwavelength image of a sharp object may be achieved in some cases, however, its spot-size is larger than the spot size of the initial object field. The image resolution is determined by the field spot size of the image corresponding to the zeroth order component of the object field. Our explicit analysis consists very well with the FEM results for a fish eye lens. Time-domain simulation is also given to verify our conclusion. Multi-point imaging for a single object point is also demonstrated.

  7. Metallic Strip Gratings in the Sub-Subwavelength Regime

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    Adriana Savin

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Metallic strip gratings (MSG have different applications, ranging from printed circuits to filters in microwave domains. When they are under the influence of an electromagnetic field, evanescent and/or abnormal modes appear in the region between the traces, their utilization leading to the development of new electromagnetic nondestructive evaluation methods. This paper studies the behavior of MSGs in the sub-subwavelength regime when they are excited with TEz or TMz polarized plane waves and the slits are filled with different dielectrics. The appearance of propagating, evanescent and abnormal modes is emphasized using an electromagnetic sensor with metamaterials lens realized with two conical Swiss rolls, which allows the extraction of the information carried by the guided evanescent waves. The evanescent waves, manipulated by the electromagnetic sensor with metamaterial lenses, improve the electromagnetic images so that a better spatial resolution is obtained, exceeding the limit imposed by diffraction. Their theoretical and experimental confirmation opens the perspective for development of new types of sensors working in radio and microwave frequencies.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic property of maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles and their protective coating with pepsin for bio-functionalization

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    Bandhu, A.; Sutradhar, S.; Mukherjee, S. [Solid State Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Burdwan University, Burdwan 713104, West Bengal (India); Greneche, J.M. [Laboratoire de Physique de l’Etat Condensé – UMR CNRS 6087, Université du Maine, 72085, Le Mans Cedex 9 (France); Chakrabarti, P.K., E-mail: pabitra_c@hotmail.com [Solid State Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Burdwan University, Burdwan 713104, West Bengal (India)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Maghemite nanoparticles were prepared by a modified co-precipitation method. • Nanoparticles were then successfully coated with pepsin for bio-functionlization. • XRD and Mössbauer spectra confirmed the maghemite phase of the nanoparticles. • Magnetic data were analysed to evaluate particle size, anisotropy etc. - Abstract: Maghemite nanoparticles (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) are prepared by co-precipitation method. To obtain bio-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles for magnetically controlled drug delivery, the prepared nanoparticles are successfully coated with pepsin, a bio-compatible polymer and digestive enzyme. Crystallographic phase of the nanoparticles is confirmed by X-ray diffractograms (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectrometry. The average size of nanoparticles/nanocrystallites is estimated from the (3 1 1) peak of the XRD pattern using Debye–Scherrer formula. Results of HRTEM of coated and bare samples are in good agreement with those extracted from the XRD analysis. The dynamic magnetic properties are observed and different quantities viz., coercive field, magnetization, remanence, hysteresis losses etc., are estimated, which confirmed the presence of superparamagnetic relaxation of nanoparticles. Mössbauer spectra of the samples recorded at both 300 and 77 K, confirmed that the majority of particles are maghemite together with a very small fraction of magnetite nanoparticles.

  9. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic property of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles and their protective coating with pepsin for bio-functionalization

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    Highlights: • Maghemite nanoparticles were prepared by a modified co-precipitation method. • Nanoparticles were then successfully coated with pepsin for bio-functionlization. • XRD and Mössbauer spectra confirmed the maghemite phase of the nanoparticles. • Magnetic data were analysed to evaluate particle size, anisotropy etc. - Abstract: Maghemite nanoparticles (γ-Fe2O3) are prepared by co-precipitation method. To obtain bio-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles for magnetically controlled drug delivery, the prepared nanoparticles are successfully coated with pepsin, a bio-compatible polymer and digestive enzyme. Crystallographic phase of the nanoparticles is confirmed by X-ray diffractograms (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and 57Fe Mössbauer spectrometry. The average size of nanoparticles/nanocrystallites is estimated from the (3 1 1) peak of the XRD pattern using Debye–Scherrer formula. Results of HRTEM of coated and bare samples are in good agreement with those extracted from the XRD analysis. The dynamic magnetic properties are observed and different quantities viz., coercive field, magnetization, remanence, hysteresis losses etc., are estimated, which confirmed the presence of superparamagnetic relaxation of nanoparticles. Mössbauer spectra of the samples recorded at both 300 and 77 K, confirmed that the majority of particles are maghemite together with a very small fraction of magnetite nanoparticles

  10. Study on the effect of micro-gravity on bio-functions; Seitai kino eno bisho juryoku no eikyo ni kansuru kenkyu

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    The effect of micro-gravity on bio-functions and vital reaction was studied using the facility of Underground Gravity-free Experiment Center Co. On the effect on osteoblast shape and gene expression, although fluorochrome reacting with Ca was well taken into cells, no significant difference in Ca content in cells was observed before/after falling. Expression of genes related to cell propagation was controlled under micro-gravity. Protoplast fusion of Lentinus was unaffected by micro-gravity. The mRNA fragments of gravity sensitive mutant of rice plant were affected by micro-gravity. Paramecium was set swimming in solutions with different specific gravities. The reaction behavior of Paramecium was affected by the difference in specific gravity between cell bodies and solutions. The water content metabolism functions of a mouse with needle stimulus, in particular excretory, were slightly promoted by micro- gravity. The cortisol level in blood of a falling mouse group rose showing strong stress. As the preliminary study on the geotaxis of insects, motion of bagworm was observed. 12 refs., 38 figs., 4 tabs.

  11. Optics

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    Fincham, W H A

    2013-01-01

    Optics: Ninth Edition Optics: Ninth Edition covers the work necessary for the specialization in such subjects as ophthalmic optics, optical instruments and lens design. The text includes topics such as the propagation and behavior of light; reflection and refraction - their laws and how different media affect them; lenses - thick and thin, cylindrical and subcylindrical; photometry; dispersion and color; interference; and polarization. Also included are topics such as diffraction and holography; the limitation of beams in optical systems and its effects; and lens systems. The book is recommen

  12. Femtosecond laser-induced subwavelength ripples formed by asymmetrical grating splitting

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    Feng, Pin; Jiang, Lan; Li, Xin; Zhang, Kaihu; Shi, Xuesong; Li, Bo; Lu, Yongfeng

    2016-05-01

    The formation process and mechanism of subwavelength ripples were studied upon irradiation of ZnO by a femtosecond laser (800 nm, 50 fs, 1 kHz). An abnormally asymmetrical grating-splitting phenomenon was discovered. At relatively high laser fluences (F = 0.51-0.63 J/cm2), near-wavelength ripples were split asymmetrically to create subwavelength laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) with dual gaps (∼230 nm and ∼430 nm) on the primary grooves. At relatively low laser fluences (F = 0.4-0.45 J/cm2), near-wavelength ripples were split symmetrically, leading to the formation of uniform subwavelength structures with a period of ∼340 nm. The splitting phenomena are related to the varying laser beam dose induced by the overlapping during line scanning. The two grating-splitting types further imply that the dominated mechanism for LIPSS formation may be changed under different processing conditions.

  13. Bioinspired periodic pinecone-shaped Si subwavelength nanostructures for broadband and omnidirectional antireflective surface.

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    Leem, Jung Woo; Yu, Jae Su

    2012-10-01

    We reported the bioinspired periodic pinecone-shaped silicon (Si) subwavelength nanostructures, which were fabricated by laser interference lithography and inductively coupled plasma etching using thermally dewetted gold (Au) nanoparticles in SiCl4 plasma, on Si substrates for broadband and wide-angle antireflective surface. For the fabricated pinecone-like Si subwavelength nanostructures, antireflection characteristics and wetting behaviors were investigated. The pinecone-shaped Si subwavelength nanostructure with a period of 320 nm for 7 nm of Au film exhibited a relatively low solar weighted reflectance value of 3.5% over a wide wavelength range of 300-1030 nm, maintaining the reflectance values of < 9.9% at a wavelength of 550 nm up to a high incident angle of theta(i) = 70 degrees for non-polarized light. This structure also showed a hydrophobic surface with a water contact angle of theta(c) approximately 102 degrees. PMID:23421159

  14. Enhanced transmission versus localization of a light pulse by a subwavelength metal slit

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    Kukhlevsky, S V; Csapo, L; Janssens, K; Samek, O

    2004-01-01

    The existence of resonant enhanced transmission and collimation of light waves by subwavelength slits in metal films [for example, see T.W. Ebbesen et al., Nature (London) 391, 667 (1998) and H.J. Lezec et al., Science, 297, 820 (2002)] leads to the basic question: Can a light pulse be enhanced and simultaneously localized in space and time by a subwavelength slit? To address this question, the spatial distribution of the energy flux of an ultrashort (femtosecond) wave-packet diffracted by a subwavelength (nanometer-size) slit was analyzed by using the conventional approach based on the Neerhoff and Mur solution of Maxwell's equations. The results show that a light pulse can be enhanced by orders of magnitude and simultaneously localized in the near-field diffraction zone at the nm- and fs-scales. Possible applications in nanophotonics are discussed.

  15. A biomimetic projector with high subwavelength directivity based on dolphin biosonar

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    Zhang, Yu; Gao, Xiaowei; Zhang, Sai; Cao, Wenwu; Tang, Liguo; Wang, Ding; Li, Yan

    2014-09-01

    Based on computed tomography of a Yangtze finless porpoise's biosonar system, a biomimetic structure was designed to include air cavity, gradient-index material, and steel outer-structure mimicking air sacs, melon, and skull, respectively. The mainlobe pressure was about three times higher, the angular resolution was one order of magnitude higher, and the effective source size was orders of magnitude larger than those of the subwavelength source without the biomimetic structure. The superior subwavelength directivity over a broad bandwidth suggests potential applications of this biomimetic projector in underwater sonar, medical ultrasonography, and other related applications.

  16. Terahertz imaging of sub-wavelength particles with Zenneck surface waves

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    Navarro-Cía, M., E-mail: m.navarro@imperial.ac.uk [Optical and Semiconductor Devices Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2BT (United Kingdom); Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Centre for Terahertz Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Natrella, M.; Graham, C.; Renaud, C. C.; Seeds, A. J.; Mitrofanov, O., E-mail: o.mitrofanov@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Dominec, F.; Kužel, P., E-mail: kuzelp@fzu.cz [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Delagnes, J. C.; Mounaix, P., E-mail: p.mounaix@loma.u-bordeaux1.fr [LOMA, Bordeaux 1 University, CNRS UMR 4798, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence (France)

    2013-11-25

    Impact of sub-wavelength-size dielectric particles on Zenneck surface waves on planar metallic antennas is investigated at terahertz (THz) frequencies with THz near-field probe microscopy. Perturbations of the surface waves show the particle presence, despite its sub-wavelength size. The experimental configuration, which utilizes excitation of surface waves at metallic edges, is suitable for THz imaging of dielectric sub-wavelength size objects. As a proof of concept, the effects of a small strontium titanate rectangular particle and a titanium dioxide sphere on the surface field of a bow-tie antenna are experimentally detected and verified using full-wave simulations.

  17. Enhanced Etching, Surface Damage Recovery, and Submicron Patterning of Hybrid Perovskites using a Chemically Gas-Assisted Focused-Ion Beam for Subwavelength Grating Photonic Applications

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    Alias, Mohd Sharizal Bin

    2015-12-22

    The high optical gain and absorption of organic–inorganic hybrid perovskites have attracted attention for photonic device applications. However, owing to the sensitivity of organic moieties to solvents and temperature, device processing is challenging, particularly for patterning. Here, we report the direct patterning of perovskites using chemically gas-assisted focused-ion beam (GAFIB) etching with XeF2 and I2 precursors. We demonstrate etching enhancement in addition to controllability and marginal surface damage compared to focused-ion beam (FIB) etching without precursors. Utilizing the GAFIB etching, we fabricated a uniform and periodic submicron perovskite subwavelength grating (SWG) absorber with broadband absorption and nanoscale precision. Our results demonstrate the use of FIB as a submicron patterning tool and a means of providing surface treatment (after FIB patterning to minimize optical loss) for perovskite photonic nanostructures. The SWG absorber can be patterned on perovskite solar cells to enhance the device efficiency through increasing light trapping and absorption.

  18. Optics

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    Fincham, W H A

    2013-01-01

    Optics: Eighth Edition covers the work necessary for the specialization in such subjects as ophthalmic optics, optical instruments and lens design. The text includes topics such as the propagation and behavior of light; reflection and refraction - their laws and how different media affect them; lenses - thick and thin, cylindrical and subcylindrical; photometry; dispersion and color; interference; and polarization. Also included are topics such as diffraction and holography; the limitation of beams in optical systems and its effects; and lens systems. The book is recommended for engineering st

  19. Adhesion of bio-functionalized ultrasound microbubbles to endothelial cells by targeting to vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 under shear flow

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    Yang H

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Hong Yang, Xiaoyan Xiong, Lie Zhang, Chunhui Wu, Yiyao LiuDepartment of Biophysics, School of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, Sichuan, People's Republic of ChinaAbstract: The expression of certain endothelial cell adhesion molecules is increased during endothelial dysfunction or inflammatory activation. This has led to the concept of using microbubbles for targeted molecular imaging or drug delivery. In this approach, microbubbles with a specific ligand to receptors expressed at the site of specific diseases are constructed. The present study aimed to engineer a novel type of bio-functionalized microbubbles (vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 [VCAM-1]-targeted microbubbles, and determine whether VCAM-1-targeted microbubbles exhibit specific adhesion to lipopolysaccharide (LPS-activated endothelial cells. Our data showed that VCAM-1expression was significantly upregulated in both LPS-activated endothelial cells in vitro and endothelium in a rat atherosclerosis model in vivo. Targeted microbubbles were designed by conjugating anti-VCAM-1 monoclonal antibodies to the shell of microbubbles using biotin–avidin bridging chemistry methods. Microbubble adhesion to endothelial cells was assessed in a flow chamber at two shear stress conditions (6.3 and 10.4 dynes/cm2. Our data showed that microbubble adhesion depends on both the surface anti-VCAM-1 antibody densities and the exposed shear stresses. Adhesion of VCAM-1-targeted microbubbles onto LPS-activated endothelial cells increased with the surface antibody densities, and decreased with the exposed shear stresses. These findings showed that the specific ligand-carrying microbubbles have considerable potential in targeted ultrasound molecular imaging or ultrasound-assisted drug/gene delivery applications.Keywords: targeted microbubbles, VCAM-1, adhesion, HUVEC-CS, shear flow

  20. Optically transduced MEMS gyro device

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    Nielson, Gregory N; Bogart, Gregory R; Langlois, Eric; Okandan, Murat

    2014-05-20

    A bulk micromachined vibratory gyro in which a proof mass has a bulk substrate thickness for a large mass and high inertial sensitivity. In embodiments, optical displacement transduction is with multi-layer sub-wavelength gratings for high sensitivity and low cross-talk with non-optical drive elements. In embodiments, the vibratory gyro includes a plurality of multi-layer sub-wavelength gratings and a plurality of drive electrodes to measure motion of the proof mass induced by drive forces and/or moments and induced by the Coriolis Effect when the gyro experiences a rotation. In embodiments, phase is varied across the plurality gratings and a multi-layer grating having the best performance is selected from the plurality.

  1. In vitro and in vivo studies of three dimensional porous composites of biphasic calcium phosphate/poly ε-caprolactone: Effect of bio-functionalization for bone tissue engineering

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Bio-functionalized, 3D composite scaffolds of BCP/PCL were evaluated. • Immunocytochemistry showed excellent adherence and spreading on bio-functionalized scaffolds. • μ-CT tomography confirmed high bone formation in rat using BCP/PCL + Si + FN scaffolds. - Abstract: Biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) and poly ε-caprolactone (PCL) each have many applications as tissue repair materials. In this study, a three dimensional (3D) PCL infiltrated BCP scaffold was prepared. This composite was further modified and bio-functionalized for bone tissue engineering by subsequent amination and immobilization technique using silicon (Si) and fibronectin (FN) on the surfaces (BCP/PCL + Si and BCP/PCL + Si + FN). In this study, such 3D porous scaffolds were evaluated for bone formation applicability. In vitro studies by immunocytochemistry showed cell morphology and adherence on these scaffolds. Interconnected networks like appearance of tubulin and vinculin expression were notably higher in BCP/PCL + Si and BCP/PCL + Si + FN scaffold surfaces than BCP/PCL surfaces. The scaffolds were also investigated detailed and quantitatively using micro-CT tomography for the repair of bone defects (4 mm diameter) in rats. Micro-CT tomography showed the BCP/PCL + Si + FN scaffolds were almost replaced by newly grown bone within 12 weeks after surgery, suggesting that they have an especially strong capacity for osteogenesis, mineralization, and biodegradation for bone replacement

  2. In vitro and in vivo studies of three dimensional porous composites of biphasic calcium phosphate/poly ε-caprolactone: Effect of bio-functionalization for bone tissue engineering

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    Kwak, Kyung-A.; Jyoti, Md. Anirban; Song, Ho-Yeon, E-mail: songmic@sch.ac.kr

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Bio-functionalized, 3D composite scaffolds of BCP/PCL were evaluated. • Immunocytochemistry showed excellent adherence and spreading on bio-functionalized scaffolds. • μ-CT tomography confirmed high bone formation in rat using BCP/PCL + Si + FN scaffolds. - Abstract: Biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) and poly ε-caprolactone (PCL) each have many applications as tissue repair materials. In this study, a three dimensional (3D) PCL infiltrated BCP scaffold was prepared. This composite was further modified and bio-functionalized for bone tissue engineering by subsequent amination and immobilization technique using silicon (Si) and fibronectin (FN) on the surfaces (BCP/PCL + Si and BCP/PCL + Si + FN). In this study, such 3D porous scaffolds were evaluated for bone formation applicability. In vitro studies by immunocytochemistry showed cell morphology and adherence on these scaffolds. Interconnected networks like appearance of tubulin and vinculin expression were notably higher in BCP/PCL + Si and BCP/PCL + Si + FN scaffold surfaces than BCP/PCL surfaces. The scaffolds were also investigated detailed and quantitatively using micro-CT tomography for the repair of bone defects (4 mm diameter) in rats. Micro-CT tomography showed the BCP/PCL + Si + FN scaffolds were almost replaced by newly grown bone within 12 weeks after surgery, suggesting that they have an especially strong capacity for osteogenesis, mineralization, and biodegradation for bone replacement.

  3. Broadband MEMS-tunable high-index-contrast subwavelength grating long-wavelength VCSEL

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    Chung, Il-Sug; Iakovlev, Vladimir; Sirbu, Alexei;

    2010-01-01

    A widely-tunable single-mode 1.3 μm vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser structure incorporating a microelectromechanical system-tunable high-index-contrast subwavelength grating (HCG) mirror is suggested and numerically investigated. A linear tuning range of 100 nm and a wavelength tuning effi...

  4. Triangular metal wedges for subwavelength plasmon-polariton guiding at telecom wavelengths

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    Boltasseva, Alexandra; Volkov, V.S.; Nielsen, Rasmus Bundgaard;

    2008-01-01

    We report on subwavelength plasmon-polariton guiding by triangular metal wedges at telecom wavelengths. A high-quality fabrication procedure for making gold wedge waveguides, which is also mass- production compatible offering large-scale parallel fabrication of plasmonic components, is developed...

  5. Diamond subwavelength gratings for mid-infrared AGPM coronagraph: manufacturing assessment

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    Delacroix, Christian; Habraken, Serge; Karlsson, Mikael; Nikolajeff, Fredrik; Forsberg, Pontus; Kuittinen, Markku; Vartiainen, Ismo

    2010-01-01

    We present the manufacturing and measurement results obtained with a mid-infrared (L-band ~ 3.8 µm) diamond Annular Groove Phase Mask (AGPM) coronagraph (Mawet et al 20051), using subwavelength gratings and diamond-optimized micro-fabrication techniques such as Nano-Imprint Lithography and Reactive Ion Etching.

  6. A numerical investigation of sub-wavelength resonances in polygonal metamaterial cylinders

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    Arslanagic, Samel; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2009-01-01

    The sub-wavelength resonances, known to exist in metamaterial radiators and scatterers of circular cylindrical shape, are investigated with the aim of determining if these resonances also exist for polygonal cylinders and, if so, how they are affected by the shape of the polygon. To this end, a set...

  7. Omnidirectional luminescence enhancement of fluorescent SiC via pseudoperiodic antireflective subwavelength structures

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    Ou, Yiyu; Jokubavicius, Valdas; Yakimova, Rositza;

    2012-01-01

    In the present work, an approach of fabricating pseudoperiodic antireflective subwavelength structures (ARS) on fluorescent SiC by using self-assembled etch mask is demonstrated. By applying the pseudoperiodic (ARS), the average surface reflectance at 6° incidence over the spectral range of 390...

  8. High power laser antireflection subwavelength grating on fused silica by colloidal lithography

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    Ye, Xin; Huang, Jin; Geng, Feng; Liu, Hongjie; Sun, Laixi; Yan, Lianghong; Jiang, Xiaodong; Wu, Weidong; Zheng, Wanguo

    2016-07-01

    In this study we report on an efficient and simple method to fabricate an antireflection subwavelength grating on a fused silica substrate using two-step reactive ion etching with monolayer polystyrene colloidal crystals as masks. We show that the period and spacing of the obtained subwavelength grating were determined by the initial diameter of polystyrene microspheres and the oxygen ion etching duration. The height of pillar arrays can be adjusted by tuning the second-step fluorine ion etching duration. These parameters are proved to be useful in tailoring the antireflection properties of subwavelength grating using a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method and effective medium theory. The subwavelength grating exhibits excellent antireflection properties. The near-field distribution of the SWG which is directly patterned into the substrate material is performed by a 3D-FDTD method. It is found that the near-field distribution is strongly dependent on the periodicity of surface structure, which has the potential to promote the ability of anti-laser-induced damage. For 10 ns pulse duration and 1064 nm wavelength, we experimentally determined their laser induced damage threshold to 32 J cm‑2, which is nearly as high as bulk fused silica with 31.5 J cm‑2.

  9. Terahertz imaging of sub-wavelength particles with Zenneck surface waves

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    Navarro-Cia, M.; Natrella, M.; Dominec, Filip; Delagnes, J.C.; Kužel, Petr; Mounaix, P.; Graham, C.; Renaud, C.C.; Seeds, A.J.; Mitrofanov, O.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 103, č. 22 (2013), "221103-1"-"221103-5". ISSN 0003-6951 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : terahertz * near-field * Zenneck plasmon * sub-wavelength * imaging Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 3.515, year: 2013

  10. Broadband subwavelength grating mirror and its application to vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Chung, Il-Sug; Mørk, Jesper; Gilet, Philippe; Chelnokov, Alexei

    2008-01-01

    Various high-index-contrast sub-wavelength grating (HCG) mirror designs have been investigated. It reveals that transverse magnetic (TM-) and transverse electric (TE-) HCG reflect the incident fields in quite different ways and that the TM-HCG enables very thin gap below the grating. Based on the...

  11. Analysis of couplers between photonic nanowires and subwavelength grating waveguides

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    Čtyroký, Jiří; Kwiecien, P.; Richter, I.; Cheben, P.

    Vol. 8781. BELLINGHAM: SPIE, 2013 - (Cheben, P.; Čtyroký, P.; MolinaFernandez, I.) ISBN 978-0-8194-9583-9. ISSN 0277-786X. [Conference on Integrated Optics - Physics and Simulations. Prague (CZ), 17.04.2013-18.04.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP205/10/0046 Institutional support: RVO:67985882 Keywords : Optical waveguide theory * numerical modeling * Bloch modes Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  12. Optical orbital angular momentum conservation during the transfer process from plasmonic vortex lens to light

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    Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Yicheng; Han, Shuo; Yang, Haifang; Xu, Xiangang; Wang, Zhengping; Petrov, V.; Wang, Jiyang

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate the optical orbital angular momentum conservation during the transfer process from subwavelength plasmonic vortex lens (PVLs) to light and the generating process of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). Illuminating plasmonic vortex lenses with beams carrying optical orbital angular momentum, the SP vortices with orbital angular momentum were generated and inherit the optical angular momentum of light beams and PVLs. The angular momentum of twisting SP electromagnetic field is tunable by the twisted metal/dielectric interfaces of PVLs and angular momentum of illuminating singular light. This work may open the door for several possible applications of SP vortices in subwavelength region. PMID:24217130

  13. Metamaterials for light rays: ray optics without wave-optical analog in the ray-optics limit

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    Hamilton, Alasdair C

    2008-01-01

    Volumes of sub-wavelength electromagnetic elements can act like homogeneous materials: metamaterials. In analogy, sheets of optical elements such as prisms can act ray-optically like homogeneous sheet materials. In this sense, such sheets can be considered to be metamaterials for light rays (METATOYs). METATOYs realize new and unusual transformations of the directions of transmitted light rays. We study here, in the ray-optics and scalar-wave limits, the wave-optical analog of such transformations, and we show that such an analog does not always exist. Perhaps this is the reason why many of the ray-optical possibilities offered by METATOYs have never before been considered.

  14. Creation of a longitudinally polarized subwavelength hotspot with an ultra-thin planar lens: vectorial Rayleigh–Sommerfeld method

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    This letter shows how a longitudinally polarized hotspot can be created by a planar ultra-thin lens that beats the diffraction limit. On the imaging plane, a subwavelength optical resolution 0.39λ with almost purely longitudinal electric component has been demonstrated in air ambient. This novel paradigm addresses simultaneously both longitudinal polarization and deep sub-diffraction imaging, by a planar lens composed of ultra-thin opaque concentric annuli. The vectorial Rayleigh–Sommerfeld (VRS) approach, offering the advantage of significant reduction in computation, has been developed for a particular optimization of a flat lens with full control of polarization. Empowered by the robustness of VRS in dealing with polarization states, the proposed roadmap may be universally and efficiently integrated with other optimization algorithms to design super-resolution imaging with controlled polarization states at any wavelength without luminescence of the object. The lens, which is empowered by the proposed method, opens an avenue for the first time toward a highly integrated imaging system with advanced functionalities in far-field super-imaging, tailored polarization states and flat ultra-thin geometry simultaneously. (letter)

  15. Roll-to-roll fabrication of a low-reflectance transparent conducting oxide film with subwavelength structures

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    The transparent conducting oxide (TCO) film is a significant component in flat panel display, e-paper and touch panel. The tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) material is one of the most popular TCOs. However, ITO has high refractive index, so the phenomenon of high-reflectance limits the wide use of ITO. In this study, the structure and mass production process of new low-reflectance TCO film is verified. Laser interference lithography and the roll-to-roll UV embossing process are used to fabricate subwavelength structures on PET film; then ITO was deposited on structures by roll-to-roll sputtering. When the dimension of structures reaches 300 nm pitch, the optical reflectance and electrical performance of film are reduced to 8.1% at wavelength 550 nm and its transmittance rate is 84.3% at the same wavelength, and the sheet resistance of this film is 50.44 Ω/□. This result indicates that the new TCO proposed in this study is suitable for touch panel and other display applications. (paper)

  16. Achieving planar plasmonic subwavelength resolution using alternately arranged insulator-metal and insulator-insulator-metal composite structures.

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    Cheng, Bo Han; Chang, Kai Jiun; Lan, Yung-Chiang; Tsai, Din Ping

    2015-01-01

    This work develops and analyzes a planar subwavelength device with the ability of one-dimensional resolution at visible frequencies that is based on alternately arranged insulator-metal (IM) and insulator-insulator-metal (IIM) composite structures. The mechanism for the proposed device to accomplish subwavelength resolution is elucidated by analyzing the dispersion relations of the IM-IIM composite structures. Electromagnetic simulations based on the finite element method (FEM) are performed to verify that the design of the device has subwavelength resolution. The ability of subwavelength resolution of the proposed device at various visible frequencies is achieved by slightly varying the constituent materials and geometric parameters. The proposed devices have potential applications in multi-functional material, real-time super-resolution imaging, and high-density photonic components. PMID:25613463

  17. Optical Mode Control by Geometric Phase in Quasicrystal Metasurface

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    Yulevich, Igor; Maguid, Elhanan; Shitrit, Nir; Veksler, Dekel; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2015-01-01

    We report on the observation of optical spin-controlled modes from a quasicrystalline metasurface as a result of an aperiodic geometric phase induced by anisotropic subwavelength structure. When geometric phase defects are introduced in the aperiodic structured surface, the modes exhibit polarization helicity dependence resulting in the optical spin-Hall effect. The radiative thermal dispersion bands from a quasicrystal structure were studied where the observed bands arise from the optical sp...

  18. Generalized Uncertainty Principle and Analogue of Quantum Gravity in Optics

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    Braidotti, Maria Chiara; Musslimani, Ziad H.; Conti, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    The design of optical systems capable of processing and manipulating ultra-short pulses and ultra-focused beams is highly challenging with far reaching fundamental technological applications. One key obstacle routinely encountered while implementing sub-wavelength optical schemes is how to overcome the limitations set by standard Fourier optics. A strategy to overcome these difficulties is to utilize the concept of generalized uncertainty principle (G-UP) that has been originally developed to...

  19. Polarization sensitive optical elements by ultrafast laser nanostructuring of glass

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    Gecevičius, Mindaugas

    2015-01-01

    In this theses I will concentrate on femtosecond laser induced modification in silica glass. One type of modification in fused silica is subwavelength nanogratings. This modification exhibits form birefringence and therefore optical elements can be fabricated based on nanogratings. The main goal of my work was development and fabrication of practical optical elements based on femtosecond laser induced nanogratings. In order to be able to fabricate optical elements, laser induced modificat...

  20. Optical methods for ultrasensitive detection and analysis: Techniques and applications

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    This conference is organized under the following sessions: Surface sensitive/ionization techniques; Advanced concepts in laser applications; Subwavelength spatial resolution spectroscopy; High-sensitivity spectroscopies using photothermal and polarization effects; Sensitive biomolecular detection; Novel optical spectroscopies and methods in condensed phase detection; Ultrasensitive detector methods

  1. Second-harmonic scanning optical microscopy of semiconductor quantum dots

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    Vohnsen, B.; Bozhevolnyi, S.I.; Pedersen, K.;

    2001-01-01

    transmission mode. In both cases the SH signal peaks at a pump wavelength of similar to 885 nm in correspondence to the maximum in the photoluminescence spectrum of the QD sample. SH near-field optical images exhibit spatial signal variations on a subwavelength scale that depend on the pump wavelength. We...

  2. Second-harmonic scanning optical microscopy of semiconductor quantum dots

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    Vohnsen, B.; Bozhevolnyi, S.I.; Pedersen, K.; Østergaard, John Erland; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    transmission mode. In both cases the SH signal peaks at a pump wavelength of similar to 885 nm in correspondence to the maximum in the photoluminescence spectrum of the QD sample. SH near-field optical images exhibit spatial signal variations on a subwavelength scale that depend on the pump wavelength. We...

  3. Surface-wave mechanism of subwavelength imaging by a flat left-handed superlens

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    We develop a theory describing the dynamics and interaction of electromagnetic surface waves (ESWs) resonantly excited by an external source in a slab of left-handed material (LHM) with identical negative (equal to -1) values of dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability that makes up a so-called perfect lens, or a superlens. We show that subwavelength imaging by a superlens is associated with the degeneracy of the spectrum of eigen electromagnetic surface modes at the interfaces of the metamaterial slab, whereas the dynamic response of the superlens is completely determined by the dynamics of these modes and the dispersion properties of the metamaterial. We obtain conditions that enable one to find out when a superlens produces subwavelength images of an external source. We consider the cases of a stationary and a pulse source, as well as of a source that moves with constant velocity or oscillates in space.

  4. Study of scattering patterns and subwavelength scale imaging based on finite-sized metamaterials

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    Zhang, Yuan; Chuang, Yi-Chen; Schenk, John O.; Fiddy, Michael A.

    2012-04-01

    A metamaterial slab, used as a superlens in a subwavelength imaging system, is frequently assumed homogeneous. It is the bulk properties of the metamaterial which are responsible for the resolution of the transferred information in the image domain, as a result of high transverse wave-vector coupling. However, how in a discretized metamaterial, individual meta-atoms (i.e., the meta-elements composing a negative index metamaterial slab) contribute to the imaging process is still actively studied. The main aim of this paper is to investigate the consequences of using only a few meta-atoms as a negative index slab-equivalent for subwavelength scale imaging. We make a specific choice for a meta-atom and investigate its resonant scattering patterns. We report on how knowledge of these 3D scattering patterns provides a means to understand the transfer of high spatial frequencies and assist with the design an improved negative index slab.

  5. Surface-wave mechanism of subwavelength imaging by a flat left-handed superlens

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    Zharov, A. A.; Zharova, N. A.; Noskov, R. E.

    2009-11-01

    We develop a theory describing the dynamics and interaction of electromagnetic surface waves (ESWs) resonantly excited by an external source in a slab of left-handed material (LHM) with identical negative (equal to -1) values of dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability that makes up a so-called perfect lens, or a superlens. We show that subwavelength imaging by a superlens is associated with the degeneracy of the spectrum of eigen electromagnetic surface modes at the interfaces of the metamaterial slab, whereas the dynamic response of the superlens is completely determined by the dynamics of these modes and the dispersion properties of the metamaterial. We obtain conditions that enable one to find out when a superlens produces subwavelength images of an external source. We consider the cases of a stationary and a pulse source, as well as of a source that moves with constant velocity or oscillates in space.

  6. Left-handed metamaterial based superlens for subwavelength imaging of electromagnetic waves

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    Aydin, K.; Ozbay, E.

    2007-05-01

    Lenses made of negative index materials have the ability to focus the propagating and evanescent components of electromagnetic waves. Such a possibility enables super resolution, in turn resulting in sharper, subwavelength size images. In this present work, we present subwavelength imaging that was obtained from a one-dimensional left-handed metamaterial (LHM) composed of alternating layers of split-ring resonators and thin wires. We investigated the effect of the thickness of LHM lenses on image size. The left-handed pass band within the negative permittivity and permeability region is shown experimentally and theoretically for different thicknesses of LHM slabs. We also studied the transmission-phase of LHMs with a different number of unit cells along the propagation direction. The phase decreases with the increasing thicknesses of LHM slabs, proving that the phase velocity is negative in the left-handed transmission band.

  7. Sub-wavelength Lithography of Complex 2D and 3D Nanostructures without Dyes

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    Chaudhary, Raghvendra P; Ummethala, Govind; Hawal, Suyog R; Saxena, Sumit; Shukla, Shobha

    2016-01-01

    One-photon or two photon absorption by dye molecules in photopolymers enable direct 2D & 3D lithography of micro/nano structures with high spatial resolution and can be used effectively in fabricating artificially structured nanomaterials. However, the major bottleneck in unleashing the potential of this useful technique is the indispensable usage of dyes that are extremely expensive, highly toxic and usually insoluble in commercially available photopolymers. Here we report a simple, inexpensive and one-step technique for direct-writing of micro/nanostructures, with sub-wavelength resolution at extremely high speeds without using any one photon or two photon absorbing dye. We incorporated large amount (20 weight %) of inexpensive photoinitiator into the photopolymer and utilized its two-photon absorbing property for sub-wavelength patterning. Complex 2D and 3D patterns were fabricated with sub-micron resolution, in commercially available liquid photopolymer to show the impact/versatility of this technique...

  8. Resonant Effects of FPL and SPP for Light Transmitting through Subwavelength Metallic Gratings

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    马佑桥; 周骏; 何苗; P. Mormile

    2011-01-01

    A new model is proposed to explain the physical mechanism of the extraordinary transmission enhancement in subwavelength metallic grating. The extraordinary transmission enhancement is described by the co-operation of Fabry Perot-like (FPL) resonance and the surface plasmon polariton (SPP) resonance. The rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) and the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method are employed to illustrate the model by calcu- lating the transmission and the field distributions in the subwavelength metallic grating, respectively. And the numerical calculations show that transmission enhancement is achieved when the coupling resonance of the incident light, the surface plasmon polariton mode and the Fabry-Perot-Like mode is happened, which are in good agreement with the proposed model.

  9. Extraordinary mid-infrared transmission of subwavelength holes in gold films

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    Yue, Weisheng

    2014-04-01

    Gold (Au) nanoholes are fabricated with electron-beam lithography and used for the investigation of extraordinary transmission in mid-infrared regime. Transmission properties of the nanoholes are studied as the dependence on hole-size. Transmittance spectra are characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and enhanced transmittance through the subwavelength holes is observed. The transmission spectra exhibit well-defined maximum and minimum of which the position are determined by the lattice of the hole array. The hole-size primarily influence the transmission intensity and bandwidth of the resonance peak. With an increase of hole-size, while keep lattice constant fixed, the intensity of the resonance peak and the bandwidth increases, which are due to the localized surface plasmons. Numerical simulation for the transmission through the subwavelength holes is performed and the simulated results agree with the experimental observations. Copyright © 2014 American Scientific Publishers.

  10. Single frequency microwave cloaking and subwavelength imaging with curved wired media.

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    Ktorza, Ilan; Ceresoli, Lauris; Enoch, Stefan; Guenneau, Sébastien; Abdeddaim, Redha

    2015-04-20

    We consider the cloaking properties of electromagnetic wired media deduced from arbitrary coordinate transformations. We propose an interpretation of invisibility via sub-wavelength imaging features. The quality of cloaking is assessed by the level of deformation of the image of a P-shaped source through the stretched wired media: the lesser the image deformation, the more effective the cloaking. We numerically and experimentally demonstrate a tetrahedral wired cloak with longer edge length about 7cm at a frequency of 1GHz (the cloak is thus subwavelength). The wired cloak has two functionalities: it can serve as a high-resolution imaging system over long distances, and it can also perform space transformations such as, but not limited to, cloaking at a single operation frequency. PMID:25969073

  11. Enhanced THz transmission and imaging of a subwavelength slit via light-induced diffraction

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    Stantchev, R. I.; Hornett, S. M.; Hobson, P. A.; Hendry, E.

    2015-10-01

    We present measurements and analytical modeling which demonstrate enhanced THz transmission through a subwavelength aperture via light-induced diffraction. Our experiment involves photoexciting a conducting pattern onto a silicon interface so as to control and modulate the near-field interference of THz radiation. To illustrate the concept, we photoexcite a simple double-conducting stripe pattern on the incident side of a silicon wafer which has a slit etched into a gold film on the exit side. We show that under certain resonant conditions set by the stripe dimensions, a constructive near-field interference can bring about enhanced transmission through the slit. By raster scanning the excitation pattern under these resonant conditions, one can build an image of subwavelength features such as the slit aperture of our sample.

  12. Exploiting spatiotemporal degrees of freedom for far field subwavelength focusing using time reversal in fractals

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    Dupré, Matthieu; Fink, Mathias; Lerosey, Geoffroy

    2016-01-01

    Materials which possess a high local density of states varying at a subwavelength scale theoretically permit to focus waves onto focal spots much smaller than the free space wavelength. To do so metamaterials -manmade composite media exhibiting properties not available in nature- are usually considered. However this approach is limited to narrow bandwidths due to their resonant nature. Here, we prove that it is possible to use a fractal resonator alongside time reversal to focus microwaves onto $\\lambda/15$ subwavelength focal spots from the far field, on extremely wide bandwidths. We first numerically prove that this approach can be realized using a multiple channel time reversal mirror, that utilizes all the degrees of freedom offered by the fractal resonator. Then we experimentally demonstrate that this approach can be drastically simplified by coupling the fractal resonator to a complex medium, here a cavity, that efficiently converts its spatial degrees of freedom into temporal ones. This allows to achie...

  13. Sub-wavelength energy trapping of elastic waves in a metamaterial.

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    Colombi, Andrea; Roux, Philippe; Rupin, Matthieu

    2014-08-01

    Deep sub-wavelength focusing has been demonstrated for locally resonant metamaterials using electromagnetic and acoustic waves. The elastic equivalents of such objects are made of sub-wavelength resonating beams fixed to a two-dimensional plate, as presented here. Independent of a random or regular arrangement of the resonators, the metamaterial shows large bandgaps that are independent of the incident wave direction. Numerical simulations demonstrate that the insertion of a defect in the layout, as a shorter resonator, creates strong amplification of the wave-field on the defect. This energy trapping, which is localized on a spatial scale that is much smaller than the wavelength in the two-dimensional plate, leads to a >1 factor in terms of the local density of energy. PMID:25096146

  14. Bloch waves in an arbitrary two-dimensional lattice of subwavelength Dirichlet scatterers

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    Schnitzer, Ory

    2016-01-01

    We study waves governed by the planar Helmholtz equation, propagating in an infinite lattice of subwavelength Dirichlet scatterers, the periodicity being comparable to the wavelength. Applying the method of matched asymptotic expansions, the scatterers are effectively replaced by asymptotic point constraints. The resulting coarse-grained Bloch-wave dispersion problem is solved by a generalised Fourier series, whose singular asymptotics in the vicinities of scatterers yield the dispersion relation governing modes that are strongly perturbed from plane-wave solutions existing in the absence of the scatterers; there are also empty-lattice waves that are only weakly perturbed. Characterising the latter is useful in interpreting and potentially designing the dispersion diagrams of such lattices. The method presented, that simplifies and expands on Krynkin & McIver [Waves Random Complex, 19 347 2009], could be applied in the future to study more sophisticated designs entailing resonant subwavelength elements di...

  15. A subwavelength Stokes polarimeter on a silicon chip

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    Espinosa Soria, A.; Rodríguez-Fortuño, Francisco J.; Griol, Amadeu; Martínez, Alejandro

    2016-04-01

    Measuring the state of polarization (SoP) of light beams is of paramount importance in many scientific and technological disciplines, including chemistry, biosensing, astronomy and optical communications. Commercial polarimeters are built by using bulky and expensive optical elements, including half-wave plates or grid polarizers, with little prospect for miniaturization. Inspired by the concept of spin-orbit coupling, here we introduce a nanophotonic polarimeter that measures the full SoP - Stokes parameters - of a light beam over an ultrabroad wavelength range. The active region of the device, formed by a metallic nanoantenna on top of a silicon waveguide crossing, is less than a square wavelength, one order of magnitude smaller than polarimeters based on metasurfaces and many orders of magnitude smaller than commercial devices. Our approach is universal and therefore applicable to any wavelength regime and technological platform, opening a new route for miniaturized polarimeters.

  16. Record Performance of Electrical Injection Sub-wavelength Metallic-Cavity Semiconductor Lasers at Room Temperature

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    Ding, K Kang; Hill, MT Martin; Liu, ZC; Yin, LJ; Veldhoven, van, A.D.; Ning, CZ

    2012-01-01

    Metallic-Cavity lasers or plasmonic nanolasers of sub-wavelength sizes have attracted great attentions in recent years, with the ultimate goal of achieving continuous wave (CW), room temperature (RT) operation under electrical injection. Despite great efforts, a conclusive and convincing demonstration of this goal has proven challenging. By overcoming several fabrication challenges imposed by the stringent requirement of such small scale devices, we were finally able to achieve this ultimate ...

  17. Resolving subwavelength objects with a crossed wire mesh superlens operated in backscattering mode

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    Silveirinha, Mario G [Department of Electrical Engineering-Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, University of Coimbra (Portugal); Medeiros, Carla R; Fernandes, Carlos A; Costa, Jorge R, E-mail: mario.silveirinha@co.it.pt [Technical University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior Tecnico-Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal)

    2011-05-15

    In this work, we demonstrate that a crossed-wires superlens operated in backscattering mode can resolve targets separated by a subwavelength distance. It is theoretically shown that the effect of the backscattered field on the return loss of a probe antenna is sufficiently strong to allow us to discriminate the targets over a broad range of frequencies. These properties have been experimentally confirmed at microwave frequencies.

  18. Influences of source displacement on the features of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal slab

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    Luan, Pi-Gang; Chiang, Chen-Yu; Yeh, Hsiao-Yu

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we study the characteristics of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal (PhC) superlens under the influence of source displacement. For square- and triangular-lattice photonic crystal lenses, we investigate the influence of changing the lateral position of a single point source on the imaging uniformity and stability. We also study the effect of changing the geometrical center of a pair of sources on the resolution of the double-image. Both properties are found to be sensiti...

  19. Resolving subwavelength objects with a crossed wire mesh superlens operated in backscattering mode

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    In this work, we demonstrate that a crossed-wires superlens operated in backscattering mode can resolve targets separated by a subwavelength distance. It is theoretically shown that the effect of the backscattered field on the return loss of a probe antenna is sufficiently strong to allow us to discriminate the targets over a broad range of frequencies. These properties have been experimentally confirmed at microwave frequencies.

  20. Electronic control of extraordinary terahertz transmission through subwavelength metal hole arrays

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    Chen, Hou-Tong; LU, Hong; Azad, Abul K.; Averitt, Richard D.; Gossard, Arthur C.; Trugman, Stuart A.; O'Hara, John F.; Antoinette J. Taylor

    2008-01-01

    We describe the electronic control of extraordinary terahertz transmission through subwavelength metal hole arrays fabricated on doped semiconductor substrates. The hybrid metal-semiconductor forms a Schottky diode structure, where the active depletion region modifies the substrate conductivity in real-time by applying an external voltage bias. This enables effective control of the resonance enhanced terahertz transmission. Our proof of principle device achieves an intensity modulation depth ...

  1. Ultracompact polarization converter with a dual subwavelength trench built in a silicon-on-insulator waveguide

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    Villafranca Velasco, Aitor; Calvo Padilla, María Luisa; Cheben, Pavel; Ortega Moñux, Alejandro; Alonso Ramos, Carlos Alberto; Molina Fernández, Íñigo; Lapointe, Jean; Vachon, Martin; Janz, Siegfried; Xu, Dan-Xia

    2012-01-01

    The design and fabrication of an ultracompact silicon-on-insulator polarization converter is reported. The polarization conversion with an extinction ratio of 16 dB is achieved for a conversion length of only 10 mu m. Polarization rotation is achieved by inducing a vertical asymmetry by forming in the waveguide core two subwavelength trenches of different depths. By taking advantage of the calibrated reactive ion etch lag, the two depths are implemented using a single mask and etching process...

  2. Influence of the hole filling fraction on the ultrasonic transmission through plates with subwavelength aperture arrays

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    Estrada, Héctor; Candelas, Pilar; Uris, Antonio; Belmar, Francisco; F. Meseguer; García de Abajo, Francisco Javier

    2008-01-01

    We report on the large impact of the hole filling fraction on the ultrasonic transmission spectra of periodic subwavelength hole arrays. We demonstrate both theoretically and experimentally that transmission peaks become narrower as the filling fraction decreases. Our results are consistent in plates with different thickness values and provide a route map for the design of plates with tailored acoustic transmission profiles. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.

  3. Normal incidence narrowband transmission filtering capabilities using symmetry-protected modes of a subwavelength, dielectric grating.

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    Foley, Justin M; Phillips, Jamie D

    2015-06-01

    We computationally study a normal incidence narrowband transmission filter based on a subwavelength dielectric grating that operates through Fano interference between supported guided leaky modes of the system. We characterize the filtering capabilities as the cross section of the grating is manipulated and suggest techniques for experimental demonstration. Using group theory, we study the plane wave coupling to the supported modes that leads to broadband reflectance and narrowband transmittance responses for rectangular, pentagonal, rhomboidal, and right trapezoidal cross-sectional geometries. PMID:26030577

  4. Antireflective sub-wavelength structures on fused silica via self-assembly of silica

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    Antireflective sub-wavelength structures with high laser-induced damage threshold on fused silica are fabricated using a self-assembly technique, in which a porous yttrium oxide film is deposited as a mask followed by alkaline etching. By controlling the etching time, several sub-wavelength structures with different height, density and diameter have been made. The best reflectance is less than 2.87% for wavelengths from 300 to 1000 nm after 1.5 h etching. The laser-induced damage threshold of the etched glass measured by a 10 ns Nd:YAG laser at a wavelength of 532 nm was as high as 30 J/cm2 compared to 16 J/cm2 of blank glass. The specular reflectance of structures matches the theoretical simulation using a thin-film multilayer model, and the results reveal that the shape of the structures is similar to the calculated parabolic shape. Achieving antireflective sub-wavelength structures on fused silica paves the way for applications in laser systems. - Highlights: • Antireflective structures on fused silica are grown using a self-assembly technique. • The properties of structures with different etching time were studied. • The laser-induced damage threshold of glass was enhanced after etching. • The reflection matches the theoretical simulation using a thin-film multilayer model

  5. Nonlinear spectroscopy in the near-field: time resolved spectroscopy and subwavelength resolution non-invasive imaging

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    Namboodiri, Mahesh; Khan, Tahirzeb; Karki, Khadga; Kazemi, Mehdi Mohammad; Bom, Sidhant; Flachenecker, Günter; Namboodiri, Vinu; Materny, Arnulf

    2014-04-01

    The combination of near-field microscopy along with nonlinear optical spectroscopic techniques is presented here. The scanning near-field imaging technique can be integrated with nonlinear spectroscopic techniques to improve spatial and axial resolution of the images. Additionally, ultrafast dynamics can be probed down to nano-scale dimension. The review shows some examples for this combination, which resulted in an exciton map and vibrational contrast images with sub-wavelength resolution. Results of two-color femtosecond time-resolved pump-probe experiments using scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) on thin films of the organic semiconductor 3,4,9,10 Perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) are presented. While nonlinear Raman techniques have been used to obtain highly resolved images in combination with near-field microscopy, the use of femtosecond laser pulses in electronic resonance still constitutes a big challenge. Here, we present our first results on coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (fs-CARS) with femtosecond laser pulses detected in the near-field using SNOM. We demonstrate that highly spatially resolved images can be obtained from poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) nano-structures where the fs-CARS process was in resonance with the P3HT absorption and with characteristic P3HT vibrational modes without destruction of the samples. Sub-diffraction limited lateral resolution is achieved. Especially the height resolution clearly surpasses that obtained with standard microCARS. These results will be the basis for future investigations of mode-selective dynamics in the near-field.

  6. Subwavelength metallic cavities with high-Q resonance modes

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    Metallic cavities have been extensively studied to realize small-volume nanocavities and nanolasers. However cavity-resonance quality (Q) factors of nanolasers observed up to now remain low (up to ∼500) due to metal optical absorption. In this paper, we report the observation of highest Q factors of 9000 at low temperature and ∼6000 near room temperature in a metallic cavity with a probe of sub-bandgap emission of Si-doped GaAs. We analyze the temperature dependence of cavity-mode resonance wavelengths and show that the refractive-index term dominates the measured temperature dependence. We also show that this refractive-index term is cavity-mode dependent and the fitting procedure offers a new method to identify cavity modes. We simulate the metallic cavity with finite-element method and attribute the high-Q cavity mode to a whispering gallery optical mode. This mode is shown to have isotropic polarization dependence of the output emission, which is preferable for quantum information applications. (paper)

  7. Theoretical and numerical investigations of sub-wavelength diffractive optical structures

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    Dridi, Kim

    2000-01-01

    finite-difference time domain method and exact radiation integrals is implemented for the polarization where the electric field vector is perpendicular to the two dimentional plane of symmetry. The computational model solves the full vectorial time domain Maxwell equations with general sources of...... illumination. Maxwell's equations are solved numerically in complex geometries and radiation integrals are applied in homogeneous regions, thus minimizing the computational time. Analysis of finte length surface relief structures embedded in polymer dielectric waveguides are presented. The importance of...... wavelength to accurately resolve the wave and the geometry. The new formulation is applicable to general geometries with arbitrary distributions of material in Cartesian coordinate systems. Numerical simulations show that it exhibits error levels that are orders of magnitude lower than what was achieved up...

  8. Atom trapping and guiding with a subwavelength-diameter optical fiber

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    We suggest using an evanescent wave around a thin fiber to trap atoms. We show that the gradient force of a red-detuned evanescent-wave field in the fundamental mode of a silica fiber can balance the centrifugal force when the fiber diameter is about two times smaller than the wavelength of the light and the component of the angular momentum of the atoms along the fiber axis is in an appropriate range. As an example, the system should be realizable for cesium atoms at a temperature of less than 0.29 mK using a silica fiber with a radius of 0.2 μm and a 1.3-μm-wavelength light with a power of about 27 mW

  9. Sub-wavelength Laser Nanopatterning using Droplet Lenses

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    Duocastella, Martí; Florian, Camilo; Serra, Pere; Diaspro, Alberto

    2015-11-01

    When a drop of liquid falls onto a screen, e.g. a cell phone, the pixels lying underneath appear magnified. This lensing effect is a combination of the curvature and refractive index of the liquid droplet. Here, the spontaneous formation of such lenses is exploited to overcome the diffraction limit of a conventional laser direct-writing system. In particular, micro-droplets are first laser-printed at user-defined locations on a surface and they are later used as lenses to focus the same laser beam. Under conditions described herein, nanopatterns can be obtained with a reduction in spot size primarily limited by the refractive index of the liquid. This all-optics approach is demonstrated by writing arbitrary patterns with a feature size around 280 nm, about one fourth of the processing wavelength.

  10. Exciton Mapping at Subwavelength Scales in Two-Dimensional Materials

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    Tizei, Luiz H. G.

    2015-03-01

    Spatially resolved electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) is performed at diffuse interfaces between MoS2 and MoSe2 single layers. With a monochromated electron source (20 meV) we successfully probe excitons near the interface by obtaining the low loss spectra at the nanometer scale. The exciton maps clearly show variations even with a 10 nm separation between measurements; consequently, the optical band gap can be measured with nanometer-scale resolution, which is 50 times smaller than the wavelength of the emitted photons. By performing core-loss EELS at the same regions, we observe that variations in the excitonic signature follow the chemical composition. The exciton peaks are observed to be broader at interfaces and heterogeneous regions, possibly due to interface roughness and alloying effects. Moreover, we do not observe shifts of the exciton peak across the interface, possibly because the interface width is not much larger than the exciton Bohr radius.

  11. Enhancement of the transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect via resonant tunneling in trilayers containing magneto-optical metals

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    Girón-Sedas, J. A.; Mejía-Salazar, J. R.; Moncada-Villa, E.; Porras-Montenegro, N.

    2016-07-01

    We propose a way to enhance the transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect, by the excitation of resonant tunneling modes, in subwavelength trilayer structures featuring a dielectric slab sandwiched between two magneto-optical metallic layers. Depending on the magneto-optical layer widths, the proposed system may exhibit an extraordinary transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect, which makes it very attractive for the design and engineering of thin-film magneto-optical-based devices for future photonic circuits or fiber optical-communication systems.

  12. Magneto-optics of plasmonic nickel nanostructures

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    Kataja, Mikko

    2016-01-01

    Light can couple to subwavelength nanostructures via the excitation of surface plasmon polaritions. The rapid development of nanofabrication techniques has enabled significant advances in nanophotonics with plasmonics playing a key role. Combining extreme confinement of light in plasmonic nanostructures with active elements has opened up attractive prospects for controllable nanophotonic devices. Magneto-optically active materials are a potential candidate for such active elements as they ena...

  13. Optical nano-antennas and metamaterials

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    Sailing He; Yanxia Cui; Yuqian Ye; Pu Zhang; Yi Jin

    2009-01-01

    We review some recent approaches to transmission enhancement and light harvesting based on optical nano-antennas and metamaterials. Nano-cavity antennas are used to enhance the extraordinary transmission of TM-polarized light through vertical nano-slits in a metal film. The enhanced transmission of TE-polarized waves through an array of subwavelength-slits in a thin metal film at low frequencies (including microwave) is also investigated. Light harvesting with a metamaterial cloaking shell is...

  14. Sub-wavelength Lithography and Variability Aware SRAM Characterization

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    P. Dobrovolny

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available With shrinking of minimum feature size of advanced technology nodes, the impact of litho process variations on the resulting electrical parameters of printed circuits dramatically increases. Litho process variations correspond to random changes in the actual optical conditions (dose and focus which develop at every mask exposure, hence from die to die. In this way the litho process variations act as a global variability component affecting all devices on a particular die in the same way. In contrast to this, the intrinsic variability of the devices and interconnects originating mostly from local Random Dopant Fluctuations (RDF and Line Edge Roughness (LER has a purely spatially uncorrelated component. Yet, it is not clear which of the two limits scaling down variability sensitive circuits such as SRAM beyond 45nm. This paper presents a tool flow to perform SRAM wide statistical analysis subject to combinations of global litho and local variability components. The tool flow is illustrated in 45nm industry grade SRAM vehicle. Selected case studies show how this tool flow successfully captures non-trivial statistical interactions between the SRAM cell and the periphery, otherwise less visible when using statistical electrical simulations of the critical path alone.

  15. Polarization-selective optical transmission through a plasmonic metasurface

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    Pelzman, Charles; Cho, Sang-Yeon

    2015-01-01

    We present the design, fabrication, and experimental characterization of a nanoslit-based metasurface that offers polarization-selective optical transmission for advanced imaging applications. The metasurface consists of an array of meta-atoms, constructed with two orthogonally coupled subwavelength apertures. Highly enhanced optical transmission was achieved by selective excitation of surface plasmon waves on the metasurface. By rotating the orientation of the linearly polarized incident bea...

  16. Dielectric Optical-Controlled Magnifying Lens by Nonlinear Negative Refraction

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    Cao, Jianjun; Shang, Ce; Zheng, Yuanlin; Chen, Xianfeng; Liang, Xiaogan; Wan, Wenjie

    2014-01-01

    A simple optical lens plays an important role for exploring the microscopic world in science and technology by refracting light with tailored spatially varying refractive index. Recent advancements in nanotechnology enable novel lenses, such as, superlens, hyperlens, Luneburg lens, with sub-wavelength resolution capabilities by specially designing materials' refractive indices with meta-materials and transformation optics. However, these artificially nano/micro engineered lenses usually suffe...

  17. Dielectric Optical-Controllable Magnifying Lens by Nonlinear Negative Refraction

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    Jianjun Cao; Ce Shang; Yuanlin Zheng; Yaming Feng; Xianfeng Chen; Xiaogan Liang; Wenjie Wan

    2015-01-01

    A simple optical lens plays an important role for exploring the microscopic world in science and technology by refracting light with tailored spatially varying refractive indices. Recent advancements in nanotechnology enable novel lenses, such as, superlens and hyperlens, with sub-wavelength resolution capabilities by specially designed materials’ refractive indices with meta-materials and transformation optics. However, these artificially nano- or micro-engineered lenses usually suffer high ...

  18. Highly Transparent and Flexible Triboelectric Nanogenerators with Subwavelength-Architectured Polydimethylsiloxane by a Nanoporous Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template.

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    Dudem, Bhaskar; Ko, Yeong Hwan; Leem, Jung Woo; Lee, Soo Hyun; Yu, Jae Su

    2015-09-23

    Highly transparent and flexible triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) were fabricated using the subwavelength-architectured (SWA) polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with a nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template as a replica mold. The SWA PDMS could be utilized as a multifunctional film for a triboelectric layer, an antireflection coating, and a self-cleaning surface. The nanopore arrays of AAO were formed by a simple, fast, and cost-effective electrochemical oxidation process of aluminum, which is relatively impressive for fabrication of the TENG device. For electrical contacts, the SWA PDMS was laminated on the indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) as a bottom electrode, and the bare ITO-coated PET (i.e., ITO/PET) was used for the top electrode. Compared to the ITO/PET, the SWA PDMS on the ITO/PET improved the transmittance from 80.5 to 83% in the visible wavelength region and also had high transmittances of >85% at wavelengths of 430-455 nm. The SWA PDMS also exhibited the hydrophobic surface with a water contact angle (θCA) of ∼115°, which can be useful for self-cleaning applications. The average transmittance (Tavg) of the entire TENG device was observed to be ∼70% over a broad wavelength range. At an external pushing frequency of 0.5 Hz, for the TENG device with the ITO top electrode, open-circuit voltage (VOC) and short-circuit current (ISC) values of ∼3.8 V and ∼0.8 μA were obtained instantaneously, respectively, which were higher than those (i.e., VOC ≈ 2.2 V, and ISC ≈ 0.4 μA) of the TENG device with a gold top electrode. The effect of external pushing force and frequency on the output device performance of the TENGs was investigated, including the device robustness. A theoretical optical analysis of SWA PDMS was also performed. PMID:26301328

  19. Photonic Nanojet in Optical Tweezers

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    Neves, Antonio Alvaro Ranha

    2015-01-01

    Photonic nanojets has been brought into attention ten years ago for potential application as ultramicroscopy technique, using its sub-wavelength resolution to enhance detection and interaction with matter. For these novel applications under development, optically trapping a sphere, acts as an ideal framework to employ these nanojets. In this case, the nanojet is generated by a highly focused incident beam contrary to the traditional plane wave. It inherits the advantage from optical trapping, with the microsphere in equilibrium on the beam propagation axis, and be positioned arbitrarily in space, especially for intracellular applications. Moreover, due to optical scattering forces, when in equilibrium, there is a shift of the sphere centre with respect to the beam focus. However, within the stable equilibrium of an optical tweezers configuration, it does not allow the formation of a photonic nanojet. To overcome this, a double optical tweezers, in an unorthodox configuration of two collinearly and co-propagat...

  20. Gauge Field Optics with Anisotropic Media

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    Liu, Fu

    2014-01-01

    By considering gauge transformations on the macroscopic Maxwell's equations, a two dimensional gauge field, with its pseudo magnetic field in the real space, is identified as tilted anisotropy in the constitutive parameters. We show that optical spin Hall effect and one-way edge states become possible simply by using anisotropic media with broadband response. The proposed gauge field also allows us to design an optical isolator based on the Aharonov-Bohm effect. Our approach will be useful in spoof magneto-optics with arbitrary magnetic fields mimicked by metamaterials with subwavelength unit cells. It also serves as a generic way to design polarization-dependent devices.

  1. Application of holographic sub-wavelength diffraction gratings for monitoring of kinetics of bioprocesses

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    Tamulevicius, Tomas, E-mail: tomas.tamulevicius@ktu.lt [Institute of Materials Science of Kaunas University of Technology, Savanoriu Ave. 271, LT-50131, Kaunas (Lithuania); Seperys, Rimas; Andrulevicius, Mindaugas; Kopustinskas, Vitoldas; Meskinis, Sarunas; Tamulevicius, Sigitas [Institute of Materials Science of Kaunas University of Technology, Savanoriu Ave. 271, LT-50131, Kaunas (Lithuania); Mikalayeva, Valeryia; Daugelavicius, Rimantas [Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnologies of Vytautas Magnus University, Vileikos St. 8, LT-44404 Kaunas (Lithuania)

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Refractive index sensor based on DLC holographic sub-wavelength period grating. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Spectroscopic analysis of polarized white light reflected from the grating. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Control of critical wavelength shift and reflectivity changes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Testing of model liquid analyte materials. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Evaluation of interaction between B. subtilis cells and lysozyme. - Abstract: In this work we present a refractive index (RI) sensor based on a sub-wavelength holographic diffraction grating. The sensor chip was fabricated by dry etching of the finely spaced (d = 428 nm) diffraction grating in SiO{sub x} doped diamond like carbon (DLC) film. It is shown that employing a fabricated sensor chip, and using the proposed method of analysis of data, one can inspect kinetics of processes in liquids occurring in the vicinity of the grating surface. The method is based on the spectral composition analysis of polarized polychromatic light reflected from the sub-wavelength diffraction grating. The RI measurement system was tested with different model liquid analytes including 25 wt.%, 50 wt.% sugar water solutions, 10 Degree-Sign C, 50 Degree-Sign C distilled water, also Gram-positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis interaction with ion-permeable channels forming antibiotic gramicidin D and a murolytic enzyme lysozyme. Analysis of the data set of specular reflection spectra enabled us to follow the kinetics of the RI changes in the analyte with millisecond resolution. Detectable changes in the effective RI were not worse than {Delta}n = 10{sup -4}.

  2. Fabrication of free-standing subwavelength metal–insulator–metal gratings using high-aspect-ratio nanoimprint techniques

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    Honma, Hiroaki; Mitsudome, Masato; Itoh, Shintaro; Ishida, Makoto; Sawada, Kazuaki; Takahashi, Kazuhiro

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we report on the construction of a free-standing metal–insulator–metal (MIM) subwavelength grating by nanoimprint and lift-off techniques, which can be used as a plasmonic color filter for imaging a multicolor spectrum. The free-standing subwavelength grating was designed to be composed of Al (50 nm)–SiO2 (150 nm)–Al (50 nm) layers, and the thickness of the SiO2 layer determined the wavelength selectivity for the color filter. The residual-free nanoimprint with an aspect ratio of 6:1 was applied in the lift-off process to the formation of MIM gratings. We successfully developed subwavelength MIM gratings with heights of more than 200 nm. We also demonstrated the fabrication of a free-standing MIM grating without lateral stiction, which was expected to improve the wavelength selectivity of a free-standing plasmonic color filter.

  3. Enhanced transmission versus localization of a light pulse by a subwavelength metal slit: Can the pulse have both characteristics?

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    Kukhlevsky, S V; Csapo, L; Janssens, K; Samek, O

    2004-01-01

    The existence of resonant enhanced transmission and collimation of light waves by subwavelength slits in metal films [for example, see T.W. Ebbesen et al., Nature (London) 391, 667 (1998) and H.J. Lezec et al., Science, 297, 820 (2002)] leads to the basic question: Can a light be enhanced and simultaneously localized in space and time by a subwavelength slit? To address this question, the spatial distribution of the energy flux of an ultrashort (femtosecond) wave-packet diffracted by a subwavelength (nanometer-size) slit was analyzed by using the conventional approach based on the Neerhoff and Mur solution of Maxwell's equations. The results show that a light can be enhanced by orders of magnitude and simultaneously localized in the near-field diffraction zone at the nm- and fs-scales. Possible applications in nanophotonics are discussed.

  4. Negative refraction and subwavelength focusing using left-handed composite metamaterials

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    Ozbay, Ekmel; Aydin, Koray

    2008-04-01

    We review the recent experimental work done in our group on left-handed metamaterials (LHMs). The metamaterial structure is composed of periodic arrays of split-ring resonators and wire meshes and exhibits a left-handed propagation band at frequencies of negative permittivity and negative permeability. The verification of negative refraction is made by using prism shaped LHM and also by beam-shifting method. We have achieved subwavelength focusing of a point source with a resolution of 0.13λ through a flat LHM superlens.

  5. Tunable plasmonic enhancement of light scattering and absorption in graphene-coated subwavelength wires

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    Riso, Máximo; Depine, Ricardo A

    2015-01-01

    The electromagnetic response of subwavelength wires coated with a graphene monolayer illuminated by a linearly polarized plane waves is investigated. The results show that the scattering and extintion cross-sections of the coated wire can be dramatically enhanced when the incident radiation resonantly excites localized surface plasmons. The enhancements occur for p--polarized incident waves and for excitation frequencies that correspond to complex poles in the coefficients of the multipole expansion for the scattered field. By dynamically tuning the chemical potential of graphene, the spectral position of the enhancements can be chosen over a wide range.

  6. Slot plasmonic waveguide based on doped-GaAs for terahertz deep-subwavelength applications.

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    Amarloo, Hadi; Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin

    2015-11-01

    A new plasmonic waveguide for deep-subwavelength field localization at the terahertz (THz) range of frequency is proposed. GaAs with optimum doping level is used as the plasmonic material. The waveguide structure is a narrow slot in a thin GaAs film on top of the quartz substrate. The waveguide characteristics are analyzed, and its dimensions are optimized to minimize the losses. It is shown that the mode size of the proposed waveguide is less than λ/16 by λ/16. The proposed plasmonic waveguide can be a platform for numerous THz plasmonic-based integrated devices, such as integrated sensors and imagers. PMID:26560933

  7. Millimeter-Wave Broadband Anti-Reflection Coatings Using Laser Ablation of Sub-Wavelength Structures

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    Matsumura, Tomotake; Wen, Qi; Hanany, Shaul; Koch, Jürgen; Suttman, Oliver; Schütz, Viktor

    2016-01-01

    We report on the first use of laser ablation to make sub-millimeter, broad-band, anti-reflection coatings (ARC) based on sub-wavelength structures (SWS) on alumina and sapphire. We used a 515 nm laser to produce pyramid-shaped structures with pitch of about 320 \\mu m and total height of near 800 \\mu m. Transmission measurements between 70 and 140 GHz are in agreement with simulations using electromagnetic propagation software. The simulations indicate that SWS ARC with the fabricated shape should have a fractional bandwidth response of $\\Delta \

  8. Ultracompact polarization converter with a dual subwavelength trench built in a silicon-on-insulator waveguide.

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    Velasco, Aitor V; Calvo, María L; Cheben, Pavel; Ortega-Moñux, Alejandro; Schmid, Jens H; Ramos, Carlos Alonso; Fernandez, Iñigo Molina; Lapointe, Jean; Vachon, Martin; Janz, Siegfried; Xu, Dan-Xia

    2012-02-01

    The design and fabrication of an ultracompact silicon-on-insulator polarization converter is reported. The polarization conversion with an extinction ratio of 16 dB is achieved for a conversion length of only 10 μm. Polarization rotation is achieved by inducing a vertical asymmetry by forming in the waveguide core two subwavelength trenches of different depths. By taking advantage of the calibrated reactive ion etch lag, the two depths are implemented using a single mask and etching process. The measured converter loss is -0.7 dB and the 3 dB bandwidth is 26 nm. PMID:22297354

  9. Sub-wavelength imaging with a left-handed material flat lens

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    Feise, Michael W.; Yuri S. Kivshar

    2004-01-01

    We study numerically, by means of the pseudospectral time-domain method, the unique features of imaging by a flat lens made of a left-handed metamaterial that possesses the property of negative refraction. We confirm the earlier finding that a left-handed flat lens can provide near-perfect imaging of a point source and a pair of point sources with clear evidence of the sub-wavelength resolution. We illustrate the limitation of the resolution in the time-integrated image due to the presence of...

  10. Electromagnetic emission analysis of a multiband EMI filter based on sub-wavelength resonators

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    Ruiz Torrejón, José María; Gil Galí, Ignacio; Morata Cariñena, Marta

    2006-01-01

    In this paper the electromagnetic emission of sub-wavelength EMI filter based on SRR and CSRR resonator has been analysed by means of near E and H fields simulation with the FDTD SEMCAD® software. The target bands are 900 MHz (RFID UHF), 1.8 GHz (GSM) and 2.4 GHz (ISM, Instrumentation, Scientific and Medical). A 3-stages/5-stages rejection band filter was designed and fabricated in a PCB. The preliminary simulation results show that the more significant emissions take place at ...

  11. Experimental demonstration of tunable directional excitation of surface plasmon polaritons with a subwavelength metallic double slit

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    We demonstrate experimentally the directional excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) on a metal film by a subwavelength double slit under backside illumination, based on the interference of SPPs generated by the two slits. By varying the incident angle, the SPPs can be tunably directed into two opposite propagating directions with a predetermined splitting ratio. Under certain incident angle, unidirectional SPP excitation can be achieved. This compact directional SPP coupler is potentially useful for many on-chip applications. As an example, we show the integration of the double-slit couplers with SPP Bragg mirrors, which can effectively realize selective coupling of SPPs into different ports in an integrated plasmonic chip.

  12. Young's experiment with a double slit of sub-wavelength dimensions.

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    Lee, Kanghee; Lim, Jongseok; Ahn, Jaewook

    2013-08-12

    We report that the interference pattern of Young's double-slit experiment changes as a function of polarization in the sub-wavelength diffraction regime. Experiments carried out with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy reveal that diffracted waves from sub-wavelength-scale slits exhibit either positive or negative phase shift with respect to Gouy phase depending on the polarization. Theoretical explanation based on the induction of electric current and magnetic dipole in the vicinity of the slits shows an excellent agreement with the experimental results. PMID:23938795

  13. Millimeter-Wave Broadband Anti-Reflection Coatings Using Laser Ablation of Sub-Wavelength Structures

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    Matsumura, Tomotake; Young, Karl; Wen, Qi; Hanany, Shaul; Ishino, Hirokazu; Inoue, Yuki; Hazumi, Masashi; Koch, Jürgen; Suttman, Oliver; Schütz, Viktor

    2016-01-01

    We report on the first use of laser ablation to make sub-millimeter, broad-band, anti-reflection coatings (ARC) based on sub-wavelength structures (SWS) on alumina and sapphire. We used a 515 nm laser to produce pyramid-shaped structures with pitch of about 320 $\\mu$m and total height of near 800 $\\mu$m. Transmission measurements between 70 and 140 GHz are in agreement with simulations using electromagnetic propagation software. The simulations indicate that SWS ARC with the fabricated shape ...

  14. Millimeter-wave broadband antireflection coatings using laser ablation of subwavelength structures

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    Matsumura, Tomotake; Young, Karl; Wen, Qi; Hanany, Shaul; Ishino, Hirokazu; Inoue, Yuki; Hazumi, Masashi; Koch, Jürgen; Suttman, Oliver; Schütz, Viktor

    2016-05-01

    We report on the first use of laser ablation to make sub-millimeter, broad-band, anti-reflection coatings (ARC) based on sub-wavelength structures (SWS) on alumina and sapphire. We used a 515 nm laser to produce pyramid-shaped structures with pitch of about 320 $\\mu$m and total height of near 800 $\\mu$m. Transmission measurements between 70 and 140 GHz are in agreement with simulations using electromagnetic propagation software. The simulations indicate that SWS ARC with the fabricated shape should have a fractional bandwidth response of $\\Delta \

  15. Fabrication of broadband antireflective sub-wavelength structures on fluorescent SiC

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    Ou, Yiyu; Jokubavicus, V.; Kaiser, M.;

    2013-01-01

    Surface nanocones on 6H-SiC have been developed and demonstrated as an effective method of enhancing the light extraction efficiency from fluorescent SiC layers. The surface reflectance, measured from the opposite direction of light emission, over a broad bandwidth range is significantly suppressed...... from 20.5% to 1.0 % after introducing the sub-wavelength structures. An omnidirectional light harvesting enhancement (>91%), is also achieved which promotes fluorescent SiC as a good candidate of wavelength converter for white light-emitting diodes....

  16. Three Dimensional Subwavelength focus by a near-field plate lens

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    Lan, Lu; Ma, Yungui

    2013-01-01

    We implemented the inverse design method to build a thin near-field lens that could produce a desired subwavelength focus by manipulating the near fields of a magnetic dipole source. The flat near-field lens represented by an artificial impedance surface was fabricated by lumped reactive elements (capacitor and inductor) with spatially varying values. In the experiment a desired annular focusing spot with a characteristic size nearly three times smaller than that allowed by the diffraction limit was obtained. Besides high-resolution imaging, the proposed near-field plate could be extended for other interesting applications, such as wireless power transfer or complex wavefront/beam shaper.

  17. Wireless power transfer based on magnetic metamaterials consisting of assembled ultra-subwavelength meta-atoms

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    Wu, Q.; Li, Y. H.; Gao, N.; Yang, F.; Chen, Y. Q.; Fang, K.; Zhang, Y. W.; Chen, H.

    2015-03-01

    In this letter, a potential way to transfer power wirelessly based on magnetic metamaterials (MMs) assembled by ultra-subwavelength meta-atoms is proposed. Frequency-domain simulation and experiments are performed for accurately obtaining effective permeability of magnetic metamaterials. The results demonstrate that MMs possess great power for enhancing the wireless power transfer efficiency between two non-resonant coils. Further investigations on the magnetic-field distribution demonstrate that a large-area flattened magnetic field in near range can be effectively realized, exhibiting great flexibility in assembling.

  18. Effective medium approximation for deeply subwavelength all-dielectric multilayers: when does it break down?

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    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Zhukovsky, Sergei; Andryieuski, Andrei;

    2016-01-01

    breakdown effect. Multilayer stacks are composed of alternating alumina and titania layers fabricated using atomic layer deposition. For light incident on such multilayers at angles near the total internal reflection, we observe pronounced differences in the reflectance spectra (up to 0.5) for structures...... with different layers ordering and different but still deeply subwavelength thicknesses. Such big reflectance difference values resulted from the special geometrical configuration with an additional resonator layer underneath the multilayers employed for the enhancement of the effect. Our results are...

  19. Experimental observation of plasmons in a graphene monolayer resting on a two-dimensional subwavelength silicon grating

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    Zhu, Xiaolong; Yan, Wei; Jepsen, Peter Uhd;

    2013-01-01

    as a template. Measured transmission spectra illustrate the excitation of graphene-plasmon polaritons, which is further supported by numerical simulations and theoretical prediction of plasmon-band diagrams. Our grating-assisted coupling to graphene-plasmon polaritons forms an important platform for graphene......We experimentally demonstrate graphene-plasmon polariton excitation in a continuous graphene monolayer resting on a two-dimensional subwavelength silicon grating. The subwavelength silicon grating is fabricated by a nanosphere lithography technique with a self-assembled nanosphere array......-based opto-electronics applications....

  20. A tunable terahertz radiation source based on a surface wave transformed into Cherenkov radiation in a subwavelength array

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    Zhang, Ping; Hu, Min; Zhong, Renbin; Cheng, Xiaoxing; Gong, Sen; Zhao, Tao; Liu, Shenggang

    2016-04-01

    A tunable THz radiation source based on the Cherenkov radiation mechanism is proposed. In the structure of a dielectric medium rod covered by subwavelength metal ring array, the surface wave is excited by electron bunch on the subwavelength metal ring array, and then transformed into Cherenkov radiation in the dielectric medium rod. The working frequency is determined by the intersection of the surface wave dispersion curve and electron beam line, and could be tuned by adjusting the beam energy. The source, which is compact and operable at room temperature, generates radiation with peak power from microwatts up to milliwatts.

  1. Rapid production of large-area deep sub-wavelength hybrid structures by femtosecond laser light-field tailoring

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    Wang, Lei; Chen, Qi-Dai, E-mail: chenqd@jlu.edu.cn, E-mail: hbsun@jlu.edu.cn; Yang, Rui; Xu, Bin-Bin; Wang, Hai-Yu [State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China); Yang, Hai; Huo, Cheng-Song; Tu, Hai-Ling [General Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals, Beijing 100088 (China); Sun, Hong-Bo, E-mail: chenqd@jlu.edu.cn, E-mail: hbsun@jlu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China); College of Physics, Jilin University, 119 Jiefang Road, Changchun 130023 (China)

    2014-01-20

    The goal of creation of large-area deep sub-wavelength nanostructures by femtosecond laser irradiation onto various materials is being hindered by the limited coherence length. Here, we report solution of the problem by light field tailoring of the incident beam with a phase mask, which serves generation of wavelets. Direct interference between the wavelets, here the first-order diffracted beams, and interference between a wavelet and its induced waves such as surface plasmon polariton are responsible for creation of microgratings and superimposed nanogratings, respectively. The principle of wavelets interference enables extension of uniformly induced hybrid structures containing deep sub-wavelength nanofeatures to macro-dimension.

  2. Optical orbital angular momentum conservation during the transfer process from plasmonic vortex lens to light

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    Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Yicheng; Han, Shuo; Yang, Haifang; Xu, Xiangang; Wang, Zhengping; Petrov, V.; Wang, Jiyang

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate the optical orbital angular momentum conservation during the transfer process from subwavelength plasmonic vortex lens (PVLs) to light and the generating process of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). Illuminating plasmonic vortex lenses with beams carrying optical orbital angular momentum, the SP vortices with orbital angular momentum were generated and inherit the optical angular momentum of light beams and PVLs. The angular momentum of twisting SP electromagnetic field is tun...

  3. Near-field aperture-probe as a magnetic dipole source and optical magnetic field detector

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    Denkova, Denitza; Verellen, Niels; Silhanek, Alejandro V.; Van Dorpe, Pol; Moshchalkov, Victor V.

    2014-01-01

    Scanning near-field field optical microscopy (SNOM) is a technique, which allows sub-wavelength optical imaging of photonic structures. While the electric field components of light can be routinely obtained, imaging of the magnetic components has only recently become of interest. This is so due to the development of artificial materials, which enhance and exploit the typically weak magnetic light-matter interactions to offer extraordinary optical properties. Consequently, both sources and det...

  4. Near-field radiative heat transfer between parallel structures in the deep subwavelength regime

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    St-Gelais, Raphael; Zhu, Linxiao; Fan, Shanhui; Lipson, Michal

    2016-06-01

    Thermal radiation between parallel objects separated by deep subwavelength distances and subject to large thermal gradients (>100 K) can reach very high magnitudes, while being concentrated on a narrow frequency distribution. These unique characteristics could enable breakthrough technologies for thermal transport control and electricity generation (for example, by radiating heat exactly at the bandgap frequency of a photovoltaic cell). However, thermal transport in this regime has never been achieved experimentally due to the difficulty of maintaining large thermal gradients over nanometre-scale distances while avoiding other heat transfer mechanisms, namely conduction. Here, we show near-field radiative heat transfer between parallel SiC nanobeams in the deep subwavelength regime. The distance between the beams is controlled by a high-precision micro-electromechanical system (MEMS). We exploit the mechanical stability of nanobeams under high tensile stress to minimize thermal buckling effects, therefore keeping control of the nanometre-scale separation even at large thermal gradients. We achieve an enhancement of heat transfer of almost two orders of magnitude with respect to the far-field limit (corresponding to a 42 nm separation) and show that we can maintain a temperature gradient of 260 K between the cold and hot surfaces at ∼100 nm distance.

  5. Tunable dual-band subwavelength imaging with a wire medium slab loaded with nanostructured graphene metasurfaces

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    Ali Forouzmand

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we demonstrate that a wire medium slab loaded with graphene-nanopatch metasurfaces (GNMs enables the enhancement of evanescent waves for the subwavelength imaging at terahertz (THz frequencies. The analysis is based on the nonlocal homogenization model for wire medium with the additional boundary condition at the connection of wires to graphene. The physical mechanism behind this lens can be described as the surface plasmons excitement at the lower and upper GNMs which are coupled by an array of metallic wires. The dual nature (capacitive/inductive of the GNM is utilized in order to design a dual-band lens in which the unique controllable properties of graphene and the structural parameters of wire medium (WM slab provide more degrees of freedom in controlling two operating frequency bands. The lens can support the subwavelength imaging simultaneously at two tunable distinct frequencies with the resolution better than λ/6 even if the distance between GNMs is a significant fraction of wavelength (>λ/5.5. The major future challenges in the fabrication of the lens have been demonstrated and a promising approach for the practical configuration of the lens has been proposed.

  6. Near-field radiative heat transfer between parallel structures in the deep subwavelength regime.

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    St-Gelais, Raphael; Zhu, Linxiao; Fan, Shanhui; Lipson, Michal

    2016-06-01

    Thermal radiation between parallel objects separated by deep subwavelength distances and subject to large thermal gradients (>100 K) can reach very high magnitudes, while being concentrated on a narrow frequency distribution. These unique characteristics could enable breakthrough technologies for thermal transport control and electricity generation (for example, by radiating heat exactly at the bandgap frequency of a photovoltaic cell). However, thermal transport in this regime has never been achieved experimentally due to the difficulty of maintaining large thermal gradients over nanometre-scale distances while avoiding other heat transfer mechanisms, namely conduction. Here, we show near-field radiative heat transfer between parallel SiC nanobeams in the deep subwavelength regime. The distance between the beams is controlled by a high-precision micro-electromechanical system (MEMS). We exploit the mechanical stability of nanobeams under high tensile stress to minimize thermal buckling effects, therefore keeping control of the nanometre-scale separation even at large thermal gradients. We achieve an enhancement of heat transfer of almost two orders of magnitude with respect to the far-field limit (corresponding to a 42 nm separation) and show that we can maintain a temperature gradient of 260 K between the cold and hot surfaces at ∼100 nm distance. PMID:26950243

  7. Near-field studies of surface plasmon generation: optical and terahertz studies

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    Kihm, H.W.; Lee, K.G.; Seo, M.A.; Ahn, K.J.; Adam, A.J.L.; Kang, J.H.; Park, Q.H.; Planken, P.C.M.; Kim, D.S.

    2008-01-01

    We study the dielectric constant dependent diffraction phenomena of single slit apertures, both theoretically and experimentally. We experimentally simulate perfect metal and real metal cases by investigating subwavelength diffraction by a single slit, both in nano-optical and in terahertz regimes,

  8. Optical methods for characterization of surface structures on a nanometer scale

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    Gregersen, Niels

    2007-01-01

    When studying a sample with subwavelength features using conventional microscopy, the diffraction limit sets a lower bound to the resolution achievable. In this work the possiblity of circumventing the diffraction limit by employing a scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) to perform the c...

  9. Low Contrast Dielectric Metasurface Optics

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    Zhan, Alan; Trivedi, Rahul; Dodson, Chris; Majumdar, Arka

    2015-01-01

    The miniaturization of current image sensors is largely limited by the volume of the optical elements. Using a sub-wavelength patterned quasi-periodic structure, also known as a metasurface, one can build planar optical elements based on the principle of diffraction. However, it was believed that high refractive index materials are required for metasurface optics. Here, we show that one can employ the design principles of a metasurface even with low contrast materials, such as silicon nitride. We validate our theory by fabricating and experimentally characterizing several silicon nitride based lenses and vortex beam generators . The fabricated lenses achieved beam spots of less than 1 {\\mu}m with numerical apertures as high as ~ 0.75. A transmission efficiency of 90% and focusing efficiency of 40% in the visible regime was observed. Our results pave the way towards building low-loss metasurface based optical elements at visible frequencies using low contrast materials.

  10. Efficient, designable, and broad-bandwidth optical extinction via aspect-ratio-tailored silver nanodisks

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    Anquillare, E L; Hsu, C W; DeLacy, B G; Joannopoulos, J D; Johnson, S G; Soljacic, M

    2016-01-01

    Subwavelength resonators, ranging from single atoms to metallic nanoparticles, typically exhibit a narrow-bandwidth response to optical excitations. We computationally design and experimentally synthesize tailored distributions of silver nanodisks to extinguish light over broad and varied frequency windows. We show that metallic nanodisks are two-to-ten-times more efficient in absorbing and scattering light than common structures, and can approach fundamental limits to broadband scattering for subwavelength particles. We measure broadband extinction per volume that closely approaches theoretical predictions over three representative visible-range wavelength windows, confirming the high efficiency of nanodisks and demonstrating the collective power of computational design and experimental precision for developing new photonics technologies.

  11. Bow-tie optical antenna probes for single-emitter scanning near-field optical microscopy

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    Farahani, Javad N.; Eisler, Hans-Jürgen; Pohl, Dieter W; Pavius, Michaël; Flückiger, Philippe; Gasser, Philippe; Hecht, Bert

    2007-01-01

    A method for the fabrication of bow-tie optical antennas at the apex of pyramidal Si3N4 atomic force microscopy tips is described. We demonstrate that these novel optical probes are capable of sub-wavelength imaging of single quantum dots at room temperature. The enhanced and confined optical near-field at the antenna feed gap leads to locally enhanced photoluminescence (PL) of single quantum dots. Photoluminescence quenching due to the proximity of metal is found to be insignificant. The met...

  12. Optical characterication of probes for photon scanning tunnelling microscopy

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    Vohnsen, Brian; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.

    1999-01-01

    The photon scanning tunnelling microscope is a well-established member of the family of scanning near-field optical microscopes used for optical imaging at the sub-wavelength scale. The quality of the probes, typically pointed uncoated optical fibres, used is however difficult to evaluate in a...... technique. Here we present experimental results obtained for optical characterization of two different probes by imaging of a well-specified near-field intensity distribution at various spatial frequencies. In particular, we observe that a sharply pointed dielectric probe can be highly suitable for imaging...

  13. All-semiconductor metamaterial-based optical circuit board at the microscale

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    The newly introduced metamaterial-based optical circuit, an analogue of electronic circuit, is becoming a forefront topic in the fields of electronics, optics, plasmonics, and metamaterials. However, metals, as the commonly used plasmonic elements in an optical circuit, suffer from large losses at the visible and infrared wavelengths. We propose here a low-loss, all-semiconductor metamaterial-based optical circuit board at the microscale by using interleaved intrinsic GaAs and doped GaAs, and present the detailed design process for various lumped optical circuit elements, including lumped optical inductors, optical capacitors, optical conductors, and optical insulators. By properly combining these optical circuit elements and arranging anisotropic optical connectors, we obtain a subwavelength optical filter, which can always hold band-stop filtering function for various polarization states of the incident electromagnetic wave. All-semiconductor optical circuits may provide a new opportunity in developing low-power and ultrafast components and devices for optical information processing

  14. Advanced terahertz electric near-field measurements at sub-wavelength diameter metallic apertures.

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    Adam, A J L; Brok, J M; Seo, M A; Ahn, K J; Kim, D S; Kang, J H; Park, Q H; Nagel, M; Planken, P C M

    2008-05-12

    Using terahertz-light excitation, we have measured with sub-wavelength spatial, and sub-cycle temporal resolution the time- and frequency-dependent electric-field and surface-charge density in the vicinity of small metallic holes. In addition to a singularity like concentration of the electric field near the hole edges, we observe, that holes can act as differential operators whose near-field output is the time-derivative of the incident electric field. Our results confirm the well-known predictions made by Bouwkamp, Philips Res. Rep. 5, 321-332 (1950), and reveal, with unprecedented detail, what physically happens when light passes through a small hole. PMID:18545445

  15. Efficient near-field energy transfer and relieved Casimir stiction between sub-wavelength gratings

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    Liu, Xianglei; Zhao, Bo; Zhang, Zhuomin

    2015-03-01

    The promising applications of near-field heat transfer in thermophotovoltaic devices, thermal imaging, thermal rectifiers, and local thermal management have motivated the search for nanostructures capable of supporting higher efficiency or greater heat flux than simple planar substances. In this work, efficient and delocalized radiative heat transfer between two aligned 1D sub-wavelength gratings is demonstrated based on the scattering theory using the rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA). It is shown that the heat flux can be greatly enhanced and the accurate prediction may differ significantly from that of the geometry-based Derjaguin's proximity approximation (PA). The underlying mechanism is attributed to the excitation of hyperbolic modes that increase the energy transmission by supporting propagation of waves with large parallel wavevectors and. Besides efficient energy transport, the performance is robust, insensitive to the relative lateral shift. In addition, the Casimir stiction considering both quantum and thermal fluctuations is found to be relieved compared with bulks.

  16. Influences of source dispalcement on the features of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal slab

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    Luan, Pi-Gang; Yeh, Hsiao-Yu

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we study the characteristics of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal (PhC) superlens under the influence of source displacement. For square- and triangular-lattice photonic crystal lenses, we investigate the influence of changing the lateral position of a single point source on the imaging uniformity and stability. We also study the effect of changing the geometrical center of a pair of sources on the resolution of the double-image. Both properties are found to be sensitive to the displacement, which implies that a PhC slab cannot be treated seriously as a flat lens. We also show that by introducing material absorption into the dielectric cylinders of the PhC slab and widening the lateral width of the slab, the imaging uniformity and stability can be substantially improved. This study helps us to clarify the underlying mechanisms of some recently found phenomena concerning imaging instability.

  17. Influence of source displacement on the features of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal slab.

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    Luan, Pi-Gang; Chiang, Chen-Yu; Yeh, Hsiao-Yu

    2011-01-26

    In this paper we study the characteristics of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal (PhC) superlens under the influence of source displacement. For square and triangular lattice photonic crystal lenses, we investigate the influence of changing the lateral position of a single point source on imaging uniformity and stability. We also study the effect of changing the geometrical center of a pair of sources on the resolution of the double image. Both properties are found to be sensitive to the displacement, which implies that a PhC slab cannot be treated seriously as a flat lens. We also show that by introducing material absorption into the dielectric cylinders of the PhC slab and widening the lateral width of the slab, the imaging uniformity and stability can be substantially improved. This study helps us to clarify the underlying mechanisms of some recently found phenomena concerning imaging instability. PMID:21406862

  18. Influence of source displacement on the features of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal slab

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    Luan, Pi-Gang; Chiang, Chen-Yu; Yeh, Hsiao-Yu [Wave Engineering Laboratory, Department of Optics and Photonics, National Central University, Jhungli 320, Taiwan (China)

    2011-01-26

    In this paper we study the characteristics of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal (PhC) superlens under the influence of source displacement. For square and triangular lattice photonic crystal lenses, we investigate the influence of changing the lateral position of a single point source on imaging uniformity and stability. We also study the effect of changing the geometrical center of a pair of sources on the resolution of the double image. Both properties are found to be sensitive to the displacement, which implies that a PhC slab cannot be treated seriously as a flat lens. We also show that by introducing material absorption into the dielectric cylinders of the PhC slab and widening the lateral width of the slab, the imaging uniformity and stability can be substantially improved. This study helps us to clarify the underlying mechanisms of some recently found phenomena concerning imaging instability.

  19. Influence of source displacement on the features of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal slab

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    In this paper we study the characteristics of subwavelength imaging of a photonic crystal (PhC) superlens under the influence of source displacement. For square and triangular lattice photonic crystal lenses, we investigate the influence of changing the lateral position of a single point source on imaging uniformity and stability. We also study the effect of changing the geometrical center of a pair of sources on the resolution of the double image. Both properties are found to be sensitive to the displacement, which implies that a PhC slab cannot be treated seriously as a flat lens. We also show that by introducing material absorption into the dielectric cylinders of the PhC slab and widening the lateral width of the slab, the imaging uniformity and stability can be substantially improved. This study helps us to clarify the underlying mechanisms of some recently found phenomena concerning imaging instability.

  20. Subwavelength resolution in a two-dimensional photonic-crystal-based superlens.

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    Cubukcu, E; Aydin, K; Ozbay, E; Foteinopoulou, S; Foteinopolou, S; Soukoulis, C M

    2003-11-14

    We experimentally and theoretically demonstrate single-beam negative refraction and superlensing in the valence band of a two-dimensional photonic crystal operating in the microwave regime. By measuring the refracted electromagnetic waves from a slab shaped photonic crystal, we find a refractive index of -1.94 that is very close to the theoretical value of -2.06. A scanning transmission measurement technique is used to measure the spatial power distribution of the focused electromagnetic waves that radiate from a point source. The full width at half maximum of the focused beam is measured to be 0.21 lambda, which is in good agreement with the finite difference time domain method simulations. We also report a subwavelength resolution for the image of two incoherent point sources, which are separated by a distance of lambda/3. PMID:14683392

  1. Investigation of the chip to photodetector coupler with subwavelength grating on SOI

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    Li, Hongqiang; Cui, Beibei; Liu, Yu; Liu, Hongwei; Zhang, Zanyun; Zhang, Cheng; Tang, Chunxiao; Li, Enbang

    2016-01-01

    We report on two kinds of investigation of the chip to photodetector coupler (CTPC) with uniform and blazed subwavelength grating (SWG) on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) that were conducted for silicon-based hybrid photodetector integration in an arrayed waveguide grating demodulation integrated microsystem. The theoretical model is presented, 3D FDTD and BPM simulations are used to optimize the coupler design. InP/InGaAs photodetector and SOI wafer were integrated through benzocyclobutene bonding. An efficient high-power absorption for TE mode in a broad band is achieved. The power absorption efficiencies of uniform and blazed SWGs in silicon-based hybrid photodetector integration at 1550 nm reach 73% and 75%, respectively in the simulation and it reaches as high as 25% in the measurement when coupling the TE-polarized 1550 nm light.

  2. One-step Patterning of Sub-wavelength Plasmonic Gratings in Metal-Polymer Composites

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    Chaudhary, Raghvendra P; Jaiswal, Arun; Hawal, Suyog R; Saxena, Sumit; Shukla, Shobha

    2016-01-01

    2D and 3D micro/nano fabrication based on two-photon polymerization (TPP) has emerged as a strong contender for additive manufacturing for wide variety of applications. In this manuscript we report one step patterning of structurally stable, subwavelength 2D and 3D gold nanostructures using femto-second laser by incorporating single photon photoinitiator only in pure and metal precursor doped polymers. The metal polymer composite nanostructures are written directly by in-situ reduction of gold precursor within the photoresist using femto-second laser irradiation. The photo-initiator triggers the reduction of gold precursor and induces simultaneous polymerization of the photoresist based on two-photon absorption phenomenon. Diffraction gratings with varied loading of gold precursors in photoresist have been fabricated and characterized by measuring their diffraction efficiencies in the infrared region. Minimum line width of 390 nm has been achieved for 5 wt% gold loaded polymers. Systematic studies of the effe...

  3. Efficiency enhancement in Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cells with subwavelength grating nanostructures.

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    Kuo, Shou-Yi; Hsieh, Ming-Yang

    2014-07-01

    In the article, a study of sub-wavelength grating (SWG) nanostructures for broadband and omni-directional anti-reflection coatings (ARCs) on Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) solar cells using the rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) method is presented. Various SWG nanostructures of different shapes and periodic geometry on CZTS solar cells are discussed in detail. The optimized reflectance decreased to 1.67%, and efficiency increased to 13.74%, accordingly. The omni-directional and broadband antireflections of the SWG nanostructures are also investigated. Under a simulated 1-sun condition and with the light incident angle increased to 80°, cells with SWG nanostructures enhanced the short-circuit current density by 16.5%. This considerable enhancement in light harvesting is attributed to the linearly graded effective refractive index profile from the air to the device surface. PMID:24890020

  4. Efficient bending and focusing of light beam with all-dielectric subwavelength structures

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    Shen, Yue; Luo, Xiangang

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, all-dielectric subwavelength structures are proposed to construct beam deflectors and lenses that modulate the light fields efficiently. These devices are composed of planar array of silicon pyramids with spatially varying geometric shapes, thereby introducing arbitrary phase shift to the propagating light. Meanwhile, owing to the intrinsic low-reflection property, average reflectance as low as 10% is accomplished. The lenses were rigorously designed in both one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) cases. Due to the symmetry of the unit cell, there is no limitation on the polarization state of the incident light. Since no plasmonic loss is incorporated, this design could meet the requirement of wavefront manipulation for laser beams.

  5. Resolution of objects within subwavelength range by using the near field of a dipole

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    Kolkiran, Aziz

    2012-01-01

    We analyze the far field resolution of apertures which are illuminated by a point dipole located at subwavelength distances. It is well known that radiation emitted by a localized source can be considered a combination of travelling and evanescent waves, when represented by the angular spectrum method. The evanescent wave part of the source can be converted to propagating waves by diffraction at the aperture thereby it contributes to the far field detection. Therefore one can expect an increase in the resolution of objects. We present explicit calculations showing that the resolution at the far zone is improved by decreasing the source-aperture distance. We also utilize the resolution enhancement by the near field of a dipole to resolve two closely located apertures. The results show that without the near field (evanescent field) the apertures are not resolved whereas with the near field of the dipole the far zone intensity distribution shows improved resolution. This method eliminates the requirements of nea...

  6. Multi-angle fluorometer technique for the determination of absorption and scattering coefficients of subwavelength nanoparticles.

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    Shortell, Matthew P; Hewins, Rodney A; Fernando, Joseph F S; Walden, Sarah L; Waclawik, Eric R; Jaatinen, Esa A

    2016-07-25

    A thorough analysis of the resonance light scattering (RLS) technique for quantitative scattering measurements of subwavelength nanoparticles is reported. The systematic error associated with using a measurement at a single angle to represent all of the scattered light is investigated. In-depth analysis of the reference material was performed to identify and minimize the error associated with the reference material. Semiconductor ZnO nanobullets and spherical Au nanoparticles of various sizes were used to verify the approach. A simple and inexpensive modification to standard fluorometers is demonstrated using a glass prism allowing scattering measurements in the slightly forward and backwards directions. This allows quantification of the systematic error associated with RLS which is consistently overlooked. PMID:27464160

  7. Millimeter-wave broadband antireflection coatings using laser ablation of subwavelength structures.

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    Matsumura, Tomotake; Young, Karl; Wen, Qi; Hanany, Shaul; Ishino, Hirokazu; Inoue, Yuki; Hazumi, Masashi; Koch, Jürgen; Suttman, Oliver; Schütz, Viktor

    2016-05-01

    We report on the first use of laser ablation to make submillimeter, broadband, antireflection coatings (ARCs) based on subwavelength structures (SWSs) on alumina and sapphire. We used a 515 nm laser to produce pyramid-shaped structures with a pitch of about 320 μm and a total height of near 800 μm. Transmission measurements between 70 and 140 GHz are in agreement with simulations using electromagnetic propagation software. The simulations indicate that SWS-ARCs with the fabricated shape should have a fractional bandwidth response of Δν/νcenter=0.55 centered on 235 GHz for which reflections are below 3%. Extension of the bandwidth to both lower and higher frequencies, between a few tens of gigahertz and a few terahertz, should be straightforward with appropriate adjustment of laser ablation parameters. PMID:27140362

  8. Enhanced transmission through arrays of subwavelength holes in gold films coated by a finite dielectric layer

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    Xiao, S; Qiu, M; Mortensen, Niels Asger; Qiu, Min; Xiao, Sanshui

    2007-01-01

    Enhanced transmissions through a gold film with arrays of subwavelength holes are theoretically studied, employing the rigid full vectorial three dimensional finite difference time domain method. Influence of air-holes shape to the transmission is firstly studied, which confirms two different resonances attributing to the enhanced transmission: the localized waveguide resonance and periodic surface plasmon resonances. For the film coated with dielectric layers, calculated results show that in the wavelength region of interest the localized waveguide resonant mode attributes to sensing rather than the periodic gold-glass surface plasmon mode. Although the detected peak is fairly broad and the shift is not too pronounced, we emphasize the contribution for sensing from the localized waveguide resonant mode, which may opens up new ways to design surface plasmon based sensors.

  9. Deep Subwavelength Electromagnetic Transparency through Dual Metallic Gratings with Ultranarrow Slits

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    Qiu, Chunyin; Chen, Ruirui; Hou, Bo; Li, Feng; Liu, Zhengyou

    2012-01-01

    In this Letter, we study the transmission response of microwaves through two identical metallic plates machined with ultranarrow slit arrays. The measured and calculated transmission spectra consistently display a striking transmission peak at wavelength much larger than any characteristic length of the structure (e.g., about twenty-fold of the lattice period), which can not be directly explained by the existing mechanisms. Both the LC-circuit-based microscopic picture and the effective-medium-based macroscopic model are established to capture the essential physics behind such unexpected resonance at the deep subwavelength scale. Prospective applications of this novel transmission property can be anticipated, considering the merits of compact and excellent immunity to structural imperfections.

  10. Acoustic one-way metasurfaces: Asymmetric Phase Modulation of Sound by Subwavelength Layer

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    Jiang, Xue; Liang, Bin; Zou, Xin-Ye; Yang, Jing; Yin, Lei-Lei; Yang, Jun; Cheng, Jian-Chun

    2016-06-01

    We theoretically design and numerically demonstrate an acoustic one-way metasurface, which is a planar and acoustically subwavelength layer behaving like a nearly-reflectionless surface with arbitrary wave-steering capability for incident wave impinging on one side, while virtually blocking the reversed wave. The underlying mechanism is based on an asymmetric phase modulation by coupling a phase array and a near-zero-index medium. We exemplify a metastructure-based implementation by combining the hybrid metastuctures and labyrinthine structures. Moreover, the performance of the proposed implementation is demonstrated via three distinct phenomena of anomalous refraction, wave splitting and conversion of propagation wave to surface wave. Our findings may offer more possibilities for sound manipulation and improve the application potential of acoustic artificial devices in situations such as ultrasonic imaging and therapy.

  11. Ultra broadband waveveguide coupler using an anisotropic sub-wavelength metamaterial

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    Halir, Robert; Luque-González, Jose Manuel; Sarmiento-Merenguel, Jose Darío; Schmid, Jens; Wangüemert-Pérez, Gonzalo; Xu, Dan-Xia; Wang, Shurui; Ortega-Moñux, Alejandro; Molina-Fernández, Íñigo

    2016-01-01

    Multimode interference couplers are a fundamental building block in many integrated photonic systems, ranging from high-speed coherent receivers to quantum splitters. However, their basic structure has remained fundamentally unchanged for almost four decades, limiting their size and operation bandwidth. Using sub-wavelength metamaterials, photonic devices with break-through size and performance have been recently reported. Leveraging the inherent anisotropy of these structures, here we derive a semi-analytic expression that enables the design of compact and ultra broadband multimode interference couplers. We experimentally demonstrate virtually perfect operation over a bandwidth in excess of 300nm (500nm in simulation), for a device three times shorter than its conventional counterpart, making this the most broadband multimode interference coupler reported to date. These results will enable ultra broadband integrated systems for applications in communications and sensing.

  12. Coherent perfect absorption in deeply subwavelength films in the single photon regime

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    Roger, Thomas; Bolduc, Eliot; Valente, Joao; Heitz, Julius J F; Jeffers, John; Soci, Cesare; Leach, Jonathan; Couteau, Christophe; Zheludev, Nikolay; Faccio, Daniele

    2016-01-01

    The technologies of heating, photovoltaics, water photocatalysis and artificial photosynthesis depend on the absorption of light and novel approaches such as coherent absorption from a standing wave promise total dissipation of energy. Extending the control of absorption down to very low light levels and eventually to the single photon regime is of great interest yet remains largely unexplored. Here we demonstrate the coherent absorption of single photons in a deeply sub-wavelength 50% absorber. We show that while absorption of photons from a travelling wave is probabilistic, standing wave absorption can be observed deterministically, with nearly unitary probability of coupling a photon into a mode of the material, e.g. a localised plasmon when this is a metamaterial excited at the plasmon resonance. These results bring a better understanding of the coherent absorption process, which is of central importance for light harvesting, detection, sensing and photonic data processing applications.

  13. Achieving selective interrogation and sub-wavelength resolution in thin plates with embedded metamaterial acoustic lenses

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    In this study, we present an approach to ultrasonic beam-forming and high resolution identification of acoustic sources having critical implications for applications such as structural health monitoring. The proposed concept is based on the design of dynamically tailored structural elements via embedded acoustic metamaterial lenses. This approach provides a completely new alternative to conventional phased-array technology enabling the formation of steerable and collimated (or focused) ultrasonic beams by exploiting a single transducer. Numerical results show that the ultrasonic beam can be steered by simply tuning the frequency of the excitation. Also, the embedded lens can be designed to achieve sub-wavelength resolution to clustered acoustic sources, which is a typical scenario encountered in incipient structural damage

  14. Controllable synthesis of periodic flower-like ZnO nanostructures on Si subwavelength grating structures

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    Ko, Yeong Hwan; Leem, Jung Woo; Yu, Jae Su

    2011-05-01

    We report on the periodic well-defined flower-like zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures (NSs) self-assembled through a simple hydrothermal method using silicon (Si) subwavelength grating (SWG) structures. The Si SWGs serve as building blocks for constructing a two-dimensional (2D) periodic architecture to integrate the one-dimensional (1D) ZnO NSs. Various controlled morphologies of ZnO NSs with high crystallinity are obtained by changing the growth conditions. For 1D ZnO NSs integrated on periodic hexagonal Si SWG structures, the reflection characteristics are investigated in comparison with the conventional ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays. For a three-dimensional (3D) flower-like ZnO NS on Si SWGs, a relatively low total reflectance of < 8% at wavelengths of 300-1050 nm is achieved compared to the ZnO NRs on Si substrate.

  15. Diffraction theory of high numerical aperture subwavelength circular binary phase Fresnel zone plate.

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    Zhang, Yaoju; An, Hongchang; Zhang, Dong; Cui, Guihua; Ruan, Xiukai

    2014-11-01

    An analytical model of vector formalism is proposed to investigate the diffraction of high numerical aperture subwavelength circular binary phase Fresnel zone plate (FZP). In the proposed model, the scattering on the FZP's surface, reflection and refraction within groove zones are considered and diffraction fields are calculated using the vector Rayleigh-Sommerfeld integral. The numerical results obtained by the proposed phase thick FZP (TFZP) model show a good agreement with those obtained by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method within the effective extent of etch depth. The optimal etch depths predicted by both methods are approximately equal. The analytical TFZP model is very useful for designing a phase and hybrid amplitude-phase FZP with high-NA and short focal length. PMID:25401891

  16. Experimental Demonstration of Effective Medium Approximation Breakdown in Deeply Subwavelength All-Dielectric Multilayers

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei V; Takayama, Osamu; Shkondin, Evgeniy; Malureanu, Radu; Jensen, Flemming; Lavrinenko, Andrei V

    2015-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the effect of anomalous breakdown of the effective medium approximation in all-dielectric deeply subwavelength thickness ($d \\sim\\lambda/160-\\lambda/30$) multilayers, as recently predicted theoretically [H.H. Sheinfux et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 243901 (2014)]. Multilayer stacks are composed of alternating alumina and titania layers fabricated using atomic layer deposition. For light incident on such multilayers at angles near the total internal reflection we observe pronounced differences in the reflectance spectra for structures with 10-nm versus 20-nm thick layers, as well as for structures with different layers ordering, contrary to the predictions of the effective medium approximation. The reflectance difference can reach values up to 0.5, owing to the chosen geometrical configuration with an additional resonator layer employed for the enhancement of the effect. Our results are important for the development of new high-precision multilayer ellipsometry methods and schemes,...

  17. Responsivity improvements for a vanadium oxide microbolometer using subwavelength resonant absorbers

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    Smith, Evan M.; Nath, Janardan; Ginn, James; Peale, Robert E.; Shelton, David

    2016-05-01

    Subwavelength resonant structures designed for long-wave infrared (LWIR) absorption have been integrated with a standard vanadium-oxide microbolometer. Dispersion of the dielectric refractive index provides for multiple overlapping resonances that span the 8-12 μm LWIR wavelength band, a broader range than can be achieved using the usual quarter-wave resonant cavity engineered into the air-bridge structures. Experimental measurements show a 49% increase in responsivity for LWIR and a 71% increase across a full waveband as compared to a similar device designed for only LWIR absorption, using a 300°C blackbody at 35 Hz chopping rate. Increased thermal time constant due to additional mass is shown to lessen this enhancement at higher chopping rates.

  18. Acoustic perfect absorber based on metasurface with deep sub-wavelength thickness (Conference Presentation)

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    Assouar, Badreddine; Li, Yong

    2016-04-01

    The concept of the coiling up space, based on which artificial structures could exhibit extreme acoustic properties, such as high refractive index, double negativity, near-zero index, etc., have been investigated intensively recently due to the fascinating underlying physics and diverse potential applications [1-3]. One of the most important functionality is the ability to shrink bulky structures into deep sub-wavelength scale. It is therefore intuitive to prospect that the concept of coiling up space, if could be extended into the perforated system, will benefit to significantly reduce the total thickness while keeping total absorption. Conventional acoustic absorbers require a structure with a thickness comparable to the working wavelength, resulting major obstacles in real applications in low frequency range. We present a metasurface-based perfect absorber capable of achieving the total absorption of acoustic wave in extremely low frequency region. The metasurface possessing a deep sub-wavelength thickness down to a feature size of ~ lambda/223 is composed of a perforated plate and a coiled coplanar air chamber. Simulations based on fully coupled acoustic with thermodynamic equations and theoretical impedance analysis are utilized to reveal the underlying physics and the acoustic performances, showing an excellent agreement. Our realization should have high impact on amount of applications due to the extremely thin thickness, easy fabrication and high efficiency of the proposed structure. References 1. Z. Liang and J. Li, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 114301 (2012). 2. Y. Li, B. Liang, X. Tao, X. F. Zhu, X. Y. Zou, and J. C. Cheng, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 233508 (2012). 3. Y. Xie, W. Wang, H. Chen, A. Konneker, B. I. Popa, and S. A. Cummer, Nat. Commun. 5, 5553 (2014).

  19. Molecular recognition with nanostructures fabricated by photopolymerization within metallic subwavelength apertures

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    Urraca, J. L.; Barrios, C. A.; Canalejas-Tejero, V.; Orellana, G.; Moreno-Bondi, M. C.

    2014-07-01

    The first demonstration of fabrication of submicron lateral resolution molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) patterns by photoinduced local polymerization within metal subwavelength apertures is reported. The size of the photopolymerized MIP features is finely tuned by the dose of 532 nm radiation. Rhodamine 123 (R123) has been selected as a fluorescent model template to prove the recognition capability of the MIP nanostructures, which has been evaluated by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) with single photon timing measurements. The binding selectivity provided by the imprinting effect has been confirmed in the presence of compounds structurally related to R123. These results pave the way to the development of nanomaterial architectures with biomimetic artificial recognition properties for environmental, clinical and food testing.The first demonstration of fabrication of submicron lateral resolution molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) patterns by photoinduced local polymerization within metal subwavelength apertures is reported. The size of the photopolymerized MIP features is finely tuned by the dose of 532 nm radiation. Rhodamine 123 (R123) has been selected as a fluorescent model template to prove the recognition capability of the MIP nanostructures, which has been evaluated by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) with single photon timing measurements. The binding selectivity provided by the imprinting effect has been confirmed in the presence of compounds structurally related to R123. These results pave the way to the development of nanomaterial architectures with biomimetic artificial recognition properties for environmental, clinical and food testing. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Fig. SI.1: chemical structure and acronyms of the different fluorescent dyes; optimization of polymer composition; Table SI.1. Template recovery after polymerization; determination of the binding capacity by equilibrium rebinding

  20. Focused-ion beam patterning of organolead trihalide perovskite for subwavelength grating nanophotonic applications

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    Alias, Mohd Sharizal

    2015-07-30

    The coherent amplified spontaneous emission and high photoluminescence quantum efficiency of organolead trihalide perovskite have led to research interest in this material for use in photonic devices. In this paper, the authors present a focused-ion beam patterning strategy for methylammonium lead tribromide (MAPbBr3) perovskite crystal for subwavelength grating nanophotonic applications. The essential parameters for milling, such as the number of scan passes, dwell time, ion dose, ion current, ion incident angle, and gas-assisted etching, were experimentally evaluated to determine the sputtering yield of the perovskite. Based on our patterning conditions, the authors observed that the sputtering yield ranged from 0.0302 to 0.0719 μm3/pC for the MAPbBr3 perovskite crystal. Using XeF2 for the focused-ion beam gas-assisted etching, the authors determined that the etching rate was reduced to between 0.40 and 0.97, depending on the ion dose, compared with milling with ions only. Using the optimized patterning parameters, the authors patterned binary and circular subwavelength grating reflectors on the MAPbBr3 perovskite crystal using the focused-ion beam technique. Based on the computed grating structure with around 97% reflectivity, all of the grating dimensions (period, duty cycle, and grating thickness) were patterned with nanoscale precision (>±3 nm), high contrast, and excellent uniformity. Our results provide a platform for utilizing the focused-ion beam technique for fast prototyping of photonic nanostructures or nanodevices on organolead trihalide perovskite.

  1. High-efficiency fully etched fiber-chip grating couplers with subwavelength structures for datacom and telecom applications

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    Benedikovic, Daniel; Cheben, Pavel; Schmid, Jens H.; Xu, Dan-Xia; Lapointe, Jean; Wang, Shurui; Janz, Siegfried; Halir, Robert; Ortega-Moñux, Alejandro; Dado, Milan

    2015-05-01

    Surface grating couplers are key components to couple light between planar waveguide circuits in silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform and optical fibers. Here, we demonstrate by using simulations and experiments that a high coupling efficiency can be achieved for an arbitrary buried oxide thickness by judicious adjustment of the grating radiation angle. The coupler strength is engineered by subwavelength structures, which have pitch and feature sizes smaller than the wavelength of light propagating through it, thereby frustrating diffraction effects and behaving as a homogeneous media with an adjustable equivalent refractive index. This makes it possible to apodize the grating coupler with a preferred single etch fabrication process. The coupling efficiency of the grating coupler is optimized for operating with the transverse electric (TE) polarization state at the wavelengths near 1.3 µm and 1.55 µm, which are the bands relevant for datacom and telecom interconnects applications, respectively. The design and analysis of the grating coupler is carried out using two-dimensional (2-D) Fourier-eigenmode expansion method (F-EEM) and finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. The simulations show a peak fiber-chip coupling efficiency of ‒1:61 dB and ‒ 1:97 dB at 1.3 µm and 1.55 µm wavelengths, respectively, with a minimum feature size of 100 nm, compatible with 193 nm deep-ultraviolet (DUV) lithography. The measurements of our fabricated continuously apodized grating coupler demonstrate fiber-chip coupling efficiency of ‒ 2:16 dB at a wavelength near 1.55 µm with a 3 dB bandwidth of 64 nm. These results open promising prospects for low-cost and high-volume fabrication of surface grating couplers in SOI using 193 nm DUV lithography, which is now used in several silicon photonics foundries. It is also predicted that a coupling efficiency as high as ‒ 0:42 dB can be achieved for the coupler structure with a bottom dielectric mirror.

  2. Three-dimensional optical holography using a plasmonic metasurface

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    Huang, Lingling; Chen, Xianzhong; Mühlenbernd, Holger; Zhang, Hao; Chen, Shumei; Bai, Benfeng; Tan, Qiaofeng; Jin, Guofan; Cheah, Kok-Wai; Qiu, Cheng-Wei; Li, Jensen; Zentgraf, Thomas; Zhang, Shuang

    2013-01-01

    Benefitting from the flexibility in engineering their optical response, metamaterials have been used to achieve control over the propagation of light to an unprecedented level, leading to highly unconventional and versatile optical functionalities compared with their natural counterparts. Recently, the emerging field of metasurfaces, which consist of a monolayer of photonic artificial atoms, has offered attractive functionalities for shaping wave fronts of light by introducing an abrupt interfacial phase discontinuity. Here we realize three-dimensional holography by using metasurfaces made of subwavelength metallic nanorods with spatially varying orientations. The phase discontinuity takes place when the helicity of incident circularly polarized light is reversed. As the phase can be continuously controlled in each subwavelength unit cell by the rod orientation, metasurfaces represent a new route towards high-resolution on-axis three-dimensional holograms with a wide field of view. In addition, the undesired effect of multiple diffraction orders usually accompanying holography is eliminated.

  3. An optical metasurface planar camera

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    Arbabi, Amir; Kamali, Seyedeh Mahsa; Horie, Yu; Han, Seunghoon; Faraon, Andrei

    2016-01-01

    Optical metasurfaces are 2D arrays of nano-scatterers that modify optical wavefronts at subwavelength spatial resolution. They are poised to revolutionize optical design by enabling complex low cost systems where multiple metasurfaces are lithographically stacked on top of each other and are integrated with electronics. For imaging applications, metasurface stacks can perform sophisticated image corrections and can be directly integrated with image sensors. Here, we demonstrate this concept with a miniature flat camera integrating a monolithic metasurface lens doublet corrected for monochromatic aberrations, and an image sensor. The doublet lens, which acts as a fisheye photographic objective, has an f-number of 0.9, an angle-of-view larger than 60$^\\circ$$\\times$60$^\\circ$, and operates at 850 nm wavelength with large transmission. The camera exhibits high image quality, which indicates the potential of this technology to produce a paradigm shift in future designs of imaging systems for microscopy, photograp...

  4. Far-field optical superlens.

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    Liu, Zhaowei; Durant, Stéphane; Lee, Hyesog; Pikus, Yuri; Fang, Nicolas; Xiong, Yi; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Xiang

    2007-02-01

    Far-field optical lens resolution is fundamentally limited by diffraction, which typically is about half of the wavelength. This is due to the evanescent waves carrying small scale information from an object that fades away in the far field. A recently proposed superlens theory offers a new approach by surface excitation at the negative index medium. We introduce a far-field optical superlens (FSL) that is capable of imaging beyond the diffraction limit. The FSL significantly enhances the evanescent waves of an object and converts them into propagating waves that are measured in the far field. We show that a FSL can image a subwavelength object consisting of two 50 nm wide lines separated by 70 nm working at 377 nm wavelength. The optical FSL promises new potential for nanoscale imaging and lithography. PMID:17298007

  5. Conference Paper NFO-7:7th International Conference on Near-Field Optics and Related Technologies

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    Prof.Dr. Lukas Novotny

    2004-10-18

    The seventh conference in the NFO conference series, held here in Rochester, provided to be the principal forum for advances in sub-wavelength optics, near-field optical microscopy, local field enhancement, instrumental developments and the ever-increasing range of applications. This conference brought together the diverse scientific communities working on the theory and application of near-field optics (NFO) and related techniques.

  6. Power--bandwidth limitations of an optical resonance

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    Miller, Owen D; Anquillare, Emma; Joannopoulos, John D; Soljačić, Marin; Johnson, Steven G

    2015-01-01

    We present shape-independent upper limits to the power--bandwidth product for a single resonance in an optical scatterer, with the bound depending only on the material susceptibility. We show that quasistatic metallic scatterers can nearly reach the limits, and we apply our approach to the problem of designing $N$ independent, subwavelength scatterers to achieve flat, broadband response even if they individually exhibit narrow resonant peaks.

  7. Optical Trapping and Control of a Nanowire by a Nanoaperture

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    Aporvari, Mehdi Shafiei; Volpe, Giovanni

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that a single sub-wavelength nanoaperture in a metallic thin film can be used to achieve dynamic optical trapping and control of a single dielectric nanowire. A nanoaperture can trap a nanowire, control its orientation when illuminated by a linearly-polarized incident field, and also rotate the nanowire when illuminated by a circularly-polarized incident field. Compared to other designs, this approach has the advantages of a low-power driving field entailing low heating and photodamage.

  8. Direct fabrication of periodic patterns with hierarchical sub-wavelength structures on poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate) thin films using femtosecond laser interference patterning

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    A simple optical interference method for the fabrication of simply periodic and periodic with a substructure on poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate) using femtosecond laser interference patterns is demonstrated. The femtosecond laser pulse was split by a diffractive beam splitter and overlapped with two lenses. Homogeneous periodic arrays could be fabricated even using a single laser pulse. In addition, multipulse irradiation resulted in reproducible sub-wavelength ripples oriented perpendicularly to the laser polarization with spatial period from 170 to 220 nm (around one-fourth of the laser wavelength). In addition, the observed size of the spatial period was not affected by the number of incident laser pulses or accumulated energy density. Using high energy pulses it was possible to completely remove the PEDOT:PSS layer without inducing damage to the underneath substrate.

  9. In vitro and in vivo studies of three dimensional porous composites of biphasic calcium phosphate/poly ɛ-caprolactone: Effect of bio-functionalization for bone tissue engineering

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    Kwak, Kyung-A.; Jyoti, Md. Anirban; Song, Ho-Yeon

    2014-05-01

    Biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) and poly ɛ-caprolactone (PCL) each have many applications as tissue repair materials. In this study, a three dimensional (3D) PCL infiltrated BCP scaffold was prepared. This composite was further modified and bio-functionalized for bone tissue engineering by subsequent amination and immobilization technique using silicon (Si) and fibronectin (FN) on the surfaces (BCP/PCL + Si and BCP/PCL + Si + FN). In this study, such 3D porous scaffolds were evaluated for bone formation applicability. In vitro studies by immunocytochemistry showed cell morphology and adherence on these scaffolds. Interconnected networks like appearance of tubulin and vinculin expression were notably higher in BCP/PCL + Si and BCP/PCL + Si + FN scaffold surfaces than BCP/PCL surfaces. The scaffolds were also investigated detailed and quantitatively using micro-CT tomography for the repair of bone defects (4 mm diameter) in rats. Micro-CT tomography showed the BCP/PCL + Si + FN scaffolds were almost replaced by newly grown bone within 12 weeks after surgery, suggesting that they have an especially strong capacity for osteogenesis, mineralization, and biodegradation for bone replacement.

  10. Architecture on Demand Design for High-Capacity Optical SDM/TDM/FDM Switching

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    Bianco, Andrea; Giaccone, Paolo; Garrich Alabarce, Miquel

    2015-01-01

    Reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs) are key elements in operators' backbone networks. The breakthrough node concept of architecture on demand (AoD) permits us to design optical nodes with higher flexibility with respect to ROADMs. In this work, we present a five-step algorithm for designing AoD instances according to some given traffic requests, which are able to support subwavelength time switching up to wavelength/superchannel/fiber switching. We evaluate AoD performancein...

  11. Optical and electrical excitation of nanoantennas with atomic-scale gaps

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    Kern, Johannes

    2015-01-01

    Nano-antennas are an emerging concept for the manipulation and control of optical fields at the sub-wavelength scale. In analogy to their radio- and micro-wave counterparts they provide an efficient link between propagating and localized fields. Antennas operating at optical frequencies are typically on the order of a few hundred nanometer in size and are fabricated from noble metals. Upon excitation with an external field the electron gas inside the antenna can respond resonantly, if the dim...

  12. 3D micro-optical elements for generation of tightly focused vortex beams

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    Balčytis Armandas; Hakobyan Davit; Gabalis Martynas; Žukauskas Albertas; Urbonas Darius; Malinauskas Mangirdas; Petruškevičius Raimondas; Brasselet Etienne; Juodkazis Saulius

    2015-01-01

    Orbital angular momentum carrying light beams are usedfor optical trapping and manipulation. This emerging trend provides new challenges involving device miniaturization for improved performance and enhanced functionality at the microscale. Here we discus a new fabrication method based on combining the additive 3D structuring capability laser photopolymerization and the substractive sub-wavelength resolution patterning of focused ion beam lithography to produce micro-optical elements capable ...

  13. I.I. Rabi Prize Talk: Exploring New Frontiers of Quantum Optical Science

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    Lukin, Mikhail

    2009-05-01

    In this talk we will discuss recent developments involving a new scientific interface between quantum optics and atomic physics, many body physics, nanoscience and quantum information science. Specific examples include quantum manipulation of individual spins and photons using impurities in diamond and control of light-matter interactions using sub-wavelength localization of optical fields. Novel applications of these techniques ranging from implementation of ideas from quantum information science to nanoscale magnetic sensing will be discussed.

  14. Negative refraction of elastic waves at the deep-subwavelength scale in a single-phase metamaterial

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    Zhu, R.; Liu, X. N.; Hu, G. K.; Sun, C. T.; Huang, G. L.

    2014-11-01

    Negative refraction of elastic waves has been studied and experimentally demonstrated in three- and two-dimensional phononic crystals, but Bragg scattering is impractical for low-frequency wave control because of the need to scale the structures to manageable sizes. Here we present an elastic metamaterial with chiral microstructure made of a single-phase solid material that aims to achieve subwavelength negative refraction of elastic waves. Both negative effective mass density and modulus are observed owing to simultaneous translational and rotational resonances. We experimentally demonstrate negative refraction of the longitudinal elastic wave at the deep-subwavelength scale in the metamaterial fabricated in a stainless steel plate. The experimental measurements are in good agreement with numerical simulations. Moreover, wave mode conversion related with negative refraction is revealed and discussed. The proposed elastic metamaterial may thus be used as a flat lens for elastic wave focusing.

  15. Effect of a dielectric substrate with a subwavelength thickness on light diffraction by rectangular hole arrays on metallic film

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    Park, D. J.; Jeong, M. S. [Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Choi, S. B. [Incheon National University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-11-15

    A theoretical study of the effect of ultrathin dielectric substrate in THz wave diffraction phenomena on a subwavelength nanostructured system is conducted. The proposed system is composed of a dielectric substrate with a thickness of ∼ λ/1000 and a subwavelength-scaled rectangular hole array on a metal thin film in THz wavelength region. A modified Rayleigh diffraction theory has been developed to take into account the contribution of reflection at the air-substrate interface. A calculation of the terahertz transmission while varying the thickness shows that the effect of a thin dielectric substrate starts to vanish when the thickness becomes ∼1/100 of the incident light's wavelength. Theoretically, the results are well explained because most electric fields are confined near the rectangular aperture, which results in the dominant existence of the field inside the thin substrate. Additionally, the effect of a thin dispersive substrate is discussed.

  16. Polarization-selective optical transmission through a plasmonic metasurface

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    Pelzman, Charles; Cho, Sang-Yeon, E-mail: sangycho@nmsu.edu [Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88003-8001 (United States)

    2015-06-22

    We present the design, fabrication, and experimental characterization of a nanoslit-based metasurface that offers polarization-selective optical transmission for advanced imaging applications. The metasurface consists of an array of meta-atoms, constructed with two orthogonally coupled subwavelength apertures. Highly enhanced optical transmission was achieved by selective excitation of surface plasmon waves on the metasurface. By rotating the orientation of the linearly polarized incident beam, switching of enhanced optical transmission bands through the metasurface was experimentally demonstrated. This demonstration is a significant step towards developing advanced multispectral imaging devices.

  17. Sub-diffraction-limited optical imaging with a silver superlens.

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    Fang, Nicholas; Lee, Hyesog; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Xiang

    2005-04-22

    Recent theory has predicted a superlens that is capable of producing sub-diffraction-limited images. This superlens would allow the recovery of evanescent waves in an image via the excitation of surface plasmons. Using silver as a natural optical superlens, we demonstrated sub-diffraction-limited imaging with 60-nanometer half-pitch resolution, or one-sixth of the illumination wavelength. By proper design of the working wavelength and the thickness of silver that allows access to a broad spectrum of subwavelength features, we also showed that arbitrary nanostructures can be imaged with good fidelity. The optical superlens promises exciting avenues to nanoscale optical imaging and ultrasmall optoelectronic devices. PMID:15845849

  18. Cavity-enhanced optical detection of carbon nanotube Brownian motion

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    Stapfner, S; Hunger, D; Weig, E M; Reichel, J; Favero, I

    2012-01-01

    Optical cavities with small mode volume are well-suited to detect the vibration of sub-wavelength sized objects. Here we employ a fiber-based, high-finesse optical microcavity to detect the Brownian motion of a freely suspended carbon nanotube at room temperature under vacuum. The optical detection resolves deflections of the oscillating tube down to 50pm/Hz^1/2. A full vibrational spectrum of the carbon nanotube is obtained and confirmed by characterization of the same device in a scanning electron microscope. Our work successfully extends the principles of high-sensitivity optomechanical detection to molecular scale nanomechanical systems.

  19. Thermal image encryption obtained with a SiO2 space-variant subwavelength grating supporting surface phonon-polaritons.

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    Dahan, Nir; Niv, Avi; Biener, Gabriel; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2005-12-01

    Space-variant partially polarized thermal emission is investigated. We show that by coupling surface phonon-polaritons to a propagating field, large anisotropy of the emissivity is obtained within a narrow spectral range. We experimentally demonstrate this effect by fabricating a space-variant subwavelength grating on a SiO2 substrate to encrypt an image in the polarization state of a thermal radiation field. PMID:16342718

  20. Metamaterial near-field sensor for deep-subwavelength thickness measurements and sensitive refractometry in the terahertz frequency range

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    Reinhard, Benjamin; Schmitt, Klemens M.; Wollrab, Viktoria; Neu, Jens; Beigang, René; Rahm, Marco

    2012-01-01

    We present a metamaterial-based terahertz (THz) sensor for thickness measurements of subwavelength-thin materials and refractometry of liquids and liquid mixtures. The sensor operates in reflection geometry and exploits the frequency shift of a sharp Fano resonance minimum in the presence of dielectric materials. We obtained a minimum thickness resolution of 12.5 nm (1/16000 times the wavelength of the THz radiation) and a refractive index sensitivity of 0.43 THz per refractive index unit. We...

  1. Analytical modeling of conformal mantle cloaks for cylindrical objects using sub-wavelength printed and slotted arrays

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    Padooru, Yashwanth R.; Yakovlev, Alexander B.; Chen, Pai-Yen; Alù, Andrea

    2012-08-01

    Following the idea of "cloaking by a surface" [A. Alù, Phys. Rev. B 80, 245115 (2009); P. Y. Chen and A. Alù, Phys. Rev. B 84, 205110 (2011)], we present a rigorous analytical model applicable to mantle cloaking of cylindrical objects using 1D and 2D sub-wavelength conformal frequency selective surface (FSS) elements. The model is based on Lorenz-Mie scattering theory which utilizes the two-sided impedance boundary conditions at the interface of the sub-wavelength elements. The FSS arrays considered in this work are composed of 1D horizontal and vertical metallic strips and 2D printed (patches, Jerusalem crosses, and cross dipoles) and slotted structures (meshes, slot-Jerusalem crosses, and slot-cross dipoles). It is shown that the analytical grid-impedance expressions derived for the planar arrays of sub-wavelength elements may be successfully used to model and tailor the surface reactance of cylindrical conformal mantle cloaks. By properly tailoring the surface reactance of the cloak, the total scattering from the cylinder can be significantly reduced, thus rendering the object invisible over the range of frequencies of interest (i.e., at microwaves and far-infrared). The results obtained using our analytical model for mantle cloaks are validated against full-wave numerical simulations.

  2. Extraordinary transmission of electromagnetic waves through sub-wavelength slot arrays mediated by spoof surface plasmon polaritons

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    Pang, Yongqiang; Wang, Jiafu; Ma, Hua; Feng, Mingde; Xia, Song; Xu, Zhuo; Qu, Shaobo

    2016-05-01

    One-dimensional gratings consisting of sub-wavelength metallic slot arrays have been widely applied in the design of novel devices due to their polarization-selective characteristics. When the incident electric field is polarized along the slot direction, the slot arrays are opaque, behaving like a metal surface. Here we propose a scheme of making slot arrays transparent for electromagnetic (EM) waves, which is achieved by the incorporation of corrugated metal strip arrays. Incident waves are first converted into spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SSPPs) propagating along the strips. Since SSPPs confine EM fields in sub-wavelength scales, EM waves can penetrate through the sub-wavelength slots. High transmission was thus obtained, with an efficiency as high as 95%. Moreover, position and bandwidth of the transmission band can be tailored by adjusting the groove depth and the slot width, respectively. It is expected that the design may find potential applications in the multifunctional devices with frequency- and polarization-selective features.

  3. Investigation of the effects of metal-wire resonators in sub-wavelength array based on time-reversal technique

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    Tu, Hui-Lin; Xiao, Shao-Qiu

    2016-05-01

    The resonant metalens consisting of metal-wire resonators with equally finite length can break the diffraction barrier well suited for super-resolution imaging. In this study, a basic combination constructed by two metal-wire resonators with different lengths is proposed, and its resonant characteristics is analyzed using the method of moments (MoM). Based on the time reversal (TR) technique, this kind of combination can be applied to a sub-wavelength two-element antenna array with a 1/40-wavelength interval to make the elements work simultaneously with little interference in the frequency band of 1.0-1.5 GHz and 1.5-2.0 GHz, respectively. The simulations and experiments show that analysis of MoM and the application of the resonators can be used to design multi-frequency sub-wavelength antenna arrays efficiently. This general design method is convenient and can be used for many applications, such as weakening jamming effectiveness in communication systems, and sub-wavelength imaging in a broad frequency band.

  4. Measuring the mode volume of plasmonic nanocavities using coupled optical emitters

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    Russell, Kasey J; Hu, Evelyn; 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.245445

    2012-01-01

    Metallic optical systems can confine light to deep sub-wavelength dimensions, but verifying the level of confinement at these length scales typically requires specialized techniques and equipment for probing the near-field of the structure. We experimentally measured the confinement of a metal-based optical cavity by using the cavity modes themselves as a sensitive probe of the cavity characteristics. By perturbing the cavity modes with conformal dielectric layers of sub-nm thickness using atomic layer deposition, we find the exponential decay length of the modes to be less than 5% of the free-space wavelength (\\lambda) and the mode volume to be of order \\lambda^3/1000. These results provide experimental confirmation of the deep sub-wavelength confinement capabilities of metal-based optical cavities.

  5. Sub-wavelength fluorescent polymer coatings to convert standard glass capillaries into robust microfluidic refractometric sensors

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    Rowland, Kristopher J.; François, Alexandre; Hoffmann, Peter; Monro, Tanya M.

    2013-03-01

    A capillary microresonator platform for label-free refractometric sensing is demonstrated by coating the interior of thick-walled silica capillaries with a sub-wavelength layer of high refractive index, dye-doped polymer. No intermediate processing, such as etching or tapering, of the capillary is required. Side illumination and detection of the polymer layer reveals a fluorescence spectrum that is periodically modulated by the presence of whispering gallery modes within the layer. The fabricated capillary resonators exhibited sensitivities to changes in internal refractive index of up to 29.44 nm/RIU, demonstrated by flowing through aqueous dilutions of glucose. Thick walled capillaries are used in order to readily allow interfacing with existing biological and chemical sensing and separation platforms such as capillary electrophoresis or gas chromatography where such capillaries are routinely used. The interior polymer coating method described here could enable the use of a wide range of materials for the design of optofluidic label-free sensors integrated with industry standard (bio)chemical analytical separation platforms.

  6. Lamb waves based fast subwavelength imaging using a DORT-MUSIC algorithm

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    He, Jiaze; Yuan, Fuh-Gwo

    2016-02-01

    A Lamb wave-based, subwavelength imaging algorithm is developed for damage imaging in large-scale, plate-like structures based on a decomposition of the time-reversal operator (DORT) method combined with the multiple signal classification (MUSIC) algorithm in the space-frequency domain. In this study, a rapid, hybrid non-contact scanning system was proposed to image an aluminum plate using a piezoelectric linear array for actuation and a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) line-scan for sensing. The physics of wave propagation, reflection, and scattering that underlies the response matrix in the DORT method is mathematically formulated in the context of guided waves. The singular value decomposition (SVD) and MUSIC-based imaging condition enable quantifying the damage severity by a `reflectivity' parameter and super-resolution imaging. With the flexibility of this scanning system, a considerably large area can be imaged using lower frequency Lamb waves with limited line-scans. The experimental results showed that the hardware system with a signal processing tool such as the DORT-MUSIC (TR-MUSIC) imaging technique can provide rapid, highly accurate imaging results as well as damage quantification with unknown material properties.

  7. Subwavelength Imaging in a One-Dimensional Metal-Dielectric Structure

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    LI Ming-Yu; GU Pei-Fu; ZHANG Jin-Long; LI Yi-Yu; LIU Xu

    2007-01-01

    We analyse the dispersion relation of a one-dimensional(1D)metal-dielectric(MD)structure for H-polarized light (i.e.the magnetic field is parallel to the interfaces of the layers)and use the transfer matrix method to simulate the subwavelength image effect through the 1D-MD structure.The structure operates in the self-collimation regime,and does not involve negative refraction or amplification of evanescent waves.The Fabry-Perot Fesollance effect is studjed in order to obtain optimum parameters for maximum transmission.A resolution of λ/10 for a single point source is achieved when the thickness of the 1D-MD is about 300nm,Taking into account the actual values of the didectric constants of the metal(silver) and the dielectric(HfO2)layers,we find that a silver/HfO2 stack,with suitable parameters,has a resolution of λ/5 at visible wavelengths.

  8. Simple fabrication of antireflective silicon subwavelength structure with self-cleaning properties.

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    Kim, Bo-Soon; Ju, Won-Ki; Lee, Min-Woo; Lee, Cheon; Lee, Seung-Gol; Beom-Hoan, O

    2013-05-01

    A subwavelength structure (SWS) was formed via a simple chemical wet etching using a gold (Au) catalyst. Single nano-sized Au particles were fabricated by metallic self-aggregation. The deposition and thermal annealing of the thin metallic film were carried out. Thermal annealing of a thin metallic film enables the creation of metal nano particles by isolating them from each other by means of the self-aggregation of the metal. After annealing, the samples were soaked in an aqueous etching solution of hydrofluoric acid and hydrogen peroxide. When silicon (Si) was etched for 2 minutes using the Au nano particles, the reflectance was decreased almost 0% over the entire wavelength range from 300 to 1300 nm due to its deep and steeply double tapered structure. When given varying incident angle degrees from 30 degrees to 60 degrees, the reflectance was also maintained at less than 3%. Following this, the etched silicon was treated with a plasma-polymerized fluorocarbon (PPFC) film of about 5 nm using an ICP reactor for surface modification. The result of this surface treatment, the contact angle increased significantly from 27.5 degrees to 139.3 degrees. The surface modification was successful and maintained almost 0% reflectance because of the thin film deposition. PMID:23858915

  9. High accuracy models of sources in FDTD computations for subwavelength photonics design simulations

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    Cole, James B.; Banerjee, Saswatee

    2014-09-01

    The simple source model used in the conventional finite difference time domain (FDTD) algorithm gives rise to large errors. Conventional second-order FDTD has large errors (order h**2/ 12), h = grid spacing), and the errors due to the source model further increase this error. Nonstandard (NS) FDTD, based on a superposition of second-order finite differences, has been demonstrated to give much higher accuracy than conventional FDTD for the sourceless wave equation and Maxwell's equations (h**6 / 24192). Since the Green's function for the wave equation in free space is known, we can compute the field due to a point source. This analytical solution is inserted into the NS finite difference (FD) model and the parameters of the source model are adjusted so that the FDTD solution matches the analytical one. To derive the scattered field source model, we use the NS-FD model of the total field and of the incident field to deduce the correct source model. We find that sources that generate a scattered field must be modeled differently from ones radiate into free space. We demonstrate the high accuracy of our source models by comparing with analytical solutions. This approach yields a significant improvement inaccuracy, especially for the scattered field, where we verified the results against Mie theory. The computation time and memory requirements are about the same as for conventional FDTD. We apply these developments to solve propagation problems in subwavelength structures.

  10. Self-organized subwavelength ripple by nanosecond laser induced chemical vapor deposition

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    Polymeric hydrogenated amorphous carbon (α-C:H) thin films were prepared by laser induced chemical vapor deposited method using a KrF excimer laser (λ = 248 nm, Ofwhm = 25 ns) with different laser intensities. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to investigate the surface morphology of the films. It was found that the surface morphologies were affected by the laser intensity significantly. Self-organized subwavelength fine ripples perpendicular to the laser beam polarization with periodicities of about 200 nm were observed and a reasonable explanation was proposed for the formation of the ripples. Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to study the structure of the α-C:H films. The results suggested that there was oxygen in the films, which came from the ambient contamination and the incomposited impurities during and after deposition. The relationships between the composition and chemical bond types were discussed in detail. - Highlights: • Polymeric α-C:H thin films prepared by laser induced CVD with the laser wavelength of 248 nm • Fine ripples with periodicities of about 200 nm observed on the surface of the films • Composition and chemical bonds studied by Raman and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

  11. Sub-wavelength Unidirectional Antenna Realized by Stacked Spoof Localized Surface Plasmon Resonators

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    Qin, Feifei; Zhang, Qiang; Xiao, Jun-Jun

    2016-07-01

    The use of resonant structures to control scattering strength and directionality is of importance in various electromagnetic systems. Here we propose and demonstrate sub-wavelength unidirectional scattering by two nearby spoof localized surface plasmon resonators for microwave. The principle is that metal surfaces corrugated by grooves can support magnetic dipolar modes, as well as electric dipolar modes. The resonance is essentially dictated by the geometric parameter of the structure, enabling extremely high degrees of freedom for tuning the scattering properties of the resonator. Particularly, by adjusting the thickness of the resonators, we can make the magnetic dipole mode of one resonator have nearly the same resonant frequency with that of the electric dipole mode of the other resonator. We show that nearly zero backscattering happens when the distance between the two resonators is subwavelenght but larger than a certain value, otherwise strong vertical coupling and mode splitting occur. The results can be extended to other frequency bands and might find application in unique resonant devices as a radio frequency (RF) antenna, filter and metasurface.

  12. Ultrafast laser induced periodic sub-wavelength aluminum surface structures and nanoparticles in air and liquids

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    Kuladeep, Rajamudili; Dar, Mudasir H.; Rao, D. Narayana, E-mail: dnrsp@uohyd.ac.in, E-mail: dnr-laserlab@yahoo.com [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (India); Deepak, K. L. N. [Department of Physics and Center for Research in Photonics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa K1N6N5, Ontario (Canada)

    2014-09-21

    In this communication, we demonstrate the generation of laser-induced periodic sub-wavelength surface structures (LIPSS) or ripples on a bulk aluminum (Al) and Al nanoparticles (NPs) by femtosecond (fs) laser direct writing technique. Laser irradiation was performed on Al surface at normal incidence in air and by immersing in ethanol (C₂H₅OH) and water (H₂O) using linearly polarized Ti:sapphire fs laser pulses of ~110 fs pulse duration and ~800 nm wavelength. Field emission scanning electron microscope is utilized for imaging surface morphology of laser written structures and it reveals that the spatial periodicity as well as the surface morphology of the LIPSS depends on the surrounding dielectric medium and also on the various laser irradiation parameters. The observed LIPSS have been classified as low spatial frequency LIPSS which are perpendicularly oriented to the laser polarization with a periodicity from 460 to 620 nm and high spatial frequency LIPSS which spectacles a periodicity less than 100 nm with the orientation parallel to the polarization of the incident laser beam. Fabricated colloidal solutions, which contain the Al NPs, were characterized by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TEM results reveal the formation of internal cavities in Al NPs both in ethanol and water. Formation mechanism of LIPSS and cavities inside the nanoparticles are discussed in detail.

  13. Restoration of s-polarized evanescent waves and subwavelength imaging by a single dielectric slab

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    El Gawhary, Omar; Schilder, Nick J.; da Costa Assafrao, Alberto; Pereira, Silvania F.; Urbach, H. Paul

    2012-05-01

    It was predicted a few years ago that a medium with negative index of refraction would allow for perfect imaging. Although no material has been found so far that behaves as a perfect lens, some experiments confirmed the theoretical predictions in the near-field, or quasi-static, regime where the behaviour of a negative index medium can be mimicked by a thin layer of noble metal, such as silver. These results are normally attributed to the excitation of surface plasmons in the metal, which only leads to the restoration of p-polarized evanescent waves. In this work, we show that the restoration of s-polarized evanescent waves and, correspondingly, sub-wavelength imaging by a single dielectric slab are possible. Specifically, we show that at λ = 632 nm a thin layer of GaAs behaves as a superlens for s-polarized waves. Replacing the single-metal slab by a dielectric is not only convenient from a technical point of view, it being much easier to deposit and control the thickness and flatness of dielectric films than metal ones, but also invites us to re-think the connection between surface plasmon excitation and the theory of negative refraction.

  14. Restoration of s-polarized evanescent waves and subwavelength imaging by a single dielectric slab

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    It was predicted a few years ago that a medium with negative index of refraction would allow for perfect imaging. Although no material has been found so far that behaves as a perfect lens, some experiments confirmed the theoretical predictions in the near-field, or quasi-static, regime where the behaviour of a negative index medium can be mimicked by a thin layer of noble metal, such as silver. These results are normally attributed to the excitation of surface plasmons in the metal, which only leads to the restoration of p-polarized evanescent waves. In this work, we show that the restoration of s-polarized evanescent waves and, correspondingly, sub-wavelength imaging by a single dielectric slab are possible. Specifically, we show that at λ = 632 nm a thin layer of GaAs behaves as a superlens for s-polarized waves. Replacing the single-metal slab by a dielectric is not only convenient from a technical point of view, it being much easier to deposit and control the thickness and flatness of dielectric films than metal ones, but also invites us to re-think the connection between surface plasmon excitation and the theory of negative refraction. (paper)

  15. Broadband spoof plasmons and subwavelength electromagnetic energy confinement on ultrathin metafilms.

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    Navarro-Cía, Miguel; Beruete, Miguel; Agrafiotis, Spyros; Falcone, Francisco; Sorolla, Mario; Maier, Stefan A

    2009-09-28

    A complementary split ring resonator (CSRR)-based metallic layer is proposed as a route to mimic surface plasmon polaritons. A numerical analysis of the textured surface is carried out and compared to previous prominent topologies such as metal mesh, slit array, hole array, and Sievenpiper mushroom surfaces, which are studied as well from a transmission line perspective. These well-documented geometries suffer from a narrowband response, alongside, in most cases, metal thickness constraint (usually of the order of lambda/4) and non-subwavelength modal size as a result of the large dimensions of the unit cell (one dimensions is at least of the order of lambda/2). All of these limitations are overcome by the proposed CSRR-based surface. Besides, a planar waveguide is proposed as a proof of the potential of this CSRR-based metallic layer for spoof surface plasmon polariton guiding. Fundamental aspects aside, the structure under study is easy to manufacture by simple PCB techniques and it is expected to provide good performance within the frequency band from GHz to THz. PMID:19907609

  16. Deep-subwavelength magnetic-coupling-dominant interaction among magnetic localized surface plasmons

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    Gao, Zhen; Gao, Fei; Zhang, Youming; Zhang, Baile

    2016-05-01

    Magnetic coupling is generally much weaker than electric Coulomb interaction. This also applies to the well-known magnetic "meta-atoms," or split-ring resonators (SRRs) as originally proposed by Pendry et al. [IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. 47, 2075 (1999), 10.1109/22.798002], in which the associated electric dipole moments usually dictate their interaction. As a result, stereometamaterials, a stack of identical SRRs, were found with electric coupling so strong that the dispersion from merely magnetic coupling was overturned. Recently, other workers have proposed a new concept of magnetic localized surface plasmons, supported on metallic spiral structures (MSSs) at a deep-subwavelength scale. Here, we experimentally demonstrate that a stack of these magnetic "meta-atoms" can have dominant magnetic coupling in both of its two configurations. This allows magnetic-coupling-dominant energy transport along a one-dimensional stack of MSSs, as demonstrated with near-field transmission measurement. Our work not only applies this type of magnetic "meta-atom" into metamaterial construction, but also provides possibilities of magnetic metamaterial design in which the electric interaction no longer takes precedence.

  17. Sub-wavelength Unidirectional Antenna Realized by Stacked Spoof Localized Surface Plasmon Resonators

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    Qin, Feifei; Zhang, Qiang; Xiao, Jun-Jun

    2016-01-01

    The use of resonant structures to control scattering strength and directionality is of importance in various electromagnetic systems. Here we propose and demonstrate sub-wavelength unidirectional scattering by two nearby spoof localized surface plasmon resonators for microwave. The principle is that metal surfaces corrugated by grooves can support magnetic dipolar modes, as well as electric dipolar modes. The resonance is essentially dictated by the geometric parameter of the structure, enabling extremely high degrees of freedom for tuning the scattering properties of the resonator. Particularly, by adjusting the thickness of the resonators, we can make the magnetic dipole mode of one resonator have nearly the same resonant frequency with that of the electric dipole mode of the other resonator. We show that nearly zero backscattering happens when the distance between the two resonators is subwavelenght but larger than a certain value, otherwise strong vertical coupling and mode splitting occur. The results can be extended to other frequency bands and might find application in unique resonant devices as a radio frequency (RF) antenna, filter and metasurface. PMID:27405356

  18. Optical nano-antennas and metamaterials

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    Sailing He

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available We review some recent approaches to transmission enhancement and light harvesting based on optical nano-antennas and metamaterials. Nano-cavity antennas are used to enhance the extraordinary transmission of TM-polarized light through vertical nano-slits in a metal film. The enhanced transmission of TE-polarized waves through an array of subwavelength-slits in a thin metal film at low frequencies (including microwave is also investigated. Light harvesting with a metamaterial cloaking shell is also demonstrated.

  19. Selective trapping or rotation of isotropic dielectric microparticles by optical near field in a plasmonic archimedes spiral.

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    Tsai, Wei-Yi; Huang, Jer-Shing; Huang, Chen-Bin

    2014-02-12

    We demonstrate selective trapping or rotation of optically isotropic dielectric microparticles by plasmonic near field in a single gold plasmonic Archimedes spiral. Depending on the handedness of circularly polarized excitation, plasmonic near fields can be selectively engineered into either a focusing spot for particle trapping or a plasmonic vortex for particle rotation. Our design provides a simple solution for subwavelength optical manipulation and may find applications in micromechanical and microfluidic systems. PMID:24392638

  20. Tailored Optical Polarization in Nano-Structured Metamaterials

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    Mendoza, Bernardo S

    2016-01-01

    A very efficient method for the calculation of the effective optical response of nano-structured composite systems allows the design of metamaterials tailored for specific optical polarization properties. We use our method to design 2D periodic arrays of sub-wavelength dielectric inclusions within nanometric supported metallic thin films which behave as either an almost perfect linearly dichroic system, as a controllable source of circular polarized light, as a system with a large circular dichroism, or as a circular polarizer. All of these systems may be tuned over a wide energy range.

  1. Optimized optical "tractor beam" for core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Neng; Lu, Wanli; Ng, Jack; Lin, Zhifang

    2014-04-15

    It is known that core-shell subwavelength nanoparticles consisting of a dielectric shell and a metallic core can simultaneously support electric and magnetic dipolar resonances, which enhance forward scattering and suppress backward scattering. This creates favorable conditions for optical tractor beam applications. Using the generalized Lorenz-Mie theory and Maxwell stress tensor formulation, we demonstrate how optical pulling forces can be induced and optimized by first-order Bessel beams with appropriate polarization. The transverse stability of the core-shell nanoparticle under ambient damping is also verified by linear stability analysis and dynamical simulation. PMID:24979003

  2. Nanostructure arrays in free-space: optical properties and applications

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    Dielectric and metallic gratings have been studied for more than a century. Nevertheless, novel optical phenomena and fabrication techniques have emerged recently and have opened new perspectives for applications in the visible and infrared domains. Here, we review the design rules and the resonant mechanisms that can lead to very efficient light–matter interactions in sub-wavelength nanostructure arrays. We emphasize the role of symmetries and free-space coupling of resonant structures. We present the different scenarios for perfect optical absorption, transmission or reflection of plane waves in resonant nanostructures. We discuss the fabrication issues, experimental achievements and emerging applications of resonant nanostructure arrays. (review article)

  3. Photonic nanojets in optical tweezers

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    Photonic nanojets have been brought into attention ten years ago for potential application in ultramicroscopy, because of its sub-wavelength resolution that can enhance detection and interaction with matter. For these novel applications under development, the optical trapping of a sphere acts as an ideal framework to employ photonic nanojets. In the present study, we generated nanojets by using a highly focused incident beam, in contrast to traditional plane waves. The method inherits the advantage of optical trapping, especially for intracellular applications, with the microsphere in equilibrium on the beam propagation axis and positioned arbitrarily in space. Moreover, owing to optical scattering forces, when the sphere is in equilibrium, its center shifts with respect to the focal point of the incident beam. However, when the system is in stable equilibrium with a configuration involving optical tweezers, photonic nanojets cannot be formed. To overcome this issue, we employed double optical tweezers in an unorthodox configuration involving two collinear and co-propagating beams, the precise positioning of which would turn on/off the photonic nanojets, thereby improving the applicability of photonic nanojets. - Highlights: • Photonic nanojets from an optically trapped microsphere are presented. • Electromagnetic beams are described by using beam shape coefficients. • Beam shape coefficients are determined by generalized Lorenz–Mie theory. • Scheme to turn on and off a photonic nanojet is described

  4. Fabrication of Antireflective Sub-Wavelength Structures on Silicon Nitride Using Nano Cluster Mask for Solar Cell Application

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    Lin Men-Ku

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We have developed a simple and scalable approach for fabricating sub-wavelength structures (SWS on silicon nitride by means of self-assembled nickel nanoparticle masks and inductively coupled plasma (ICP ion etching. Silicon nitride SWS surfaces with diameter of 160–200 nm and a height of 140–150 nm were obtained. A low reflectivity below 1% was observed over wavelength from 590 to 680 nm. Using the measured reflectivity data in PC1D, the solar cell characteristics has been compared for single layer anti-reflection (SLAR coatings and SWS and a 0.8% improvement in efficiency has been seen.

  5. Semiconductor-based superlens for sub-wavelength resolution below the dif-fraction limit at extreme ultraviolet frequencies

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    Vincenti, M A; Cappeddu, M G; Akozbek, Neset; Bloemer, M J; Scalora, M

    2008-01-01

    We theoretically demonstrate negative refraction and sub-wavelength resolution below the diffraction limit in the UV and extreme UV ranges using semiconductors. The metal-like re-sponse of typical semiconductors such as GaAs or GaP makes it possible to achieve negative refraction and super-guiding in resonant semiconductor/dielectric multilayer stacks, similar to what has been demonstrated in metallo-dielectric photonic band gap structures. The exploita-tion of this basic property in semiconductors raises the possibility of new, yet-untapped ap-plications in the UV and soft x-ray ranges.

  6. Semiconductor-based superlens for sub-wavelength resolution below the dif-fraction limit at extreme ultraviolet frequencies

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    Vincenti, M. A.; Orazio, A. D; Cappeddu, M. G.; Akozbek, Neset; Bloemer, M. J.; Scalora, M.

    2008-01-01

    We theoretically demonstrate negative refraction and sub-wavelength resolution below the diffraction limit in the UV and extreme UV ranges using semiconductors. The metal-like re-sponse of typical semiconductors such as GaAs or GaP makes it possible to achieve negative refraction and super-guiding in resonant semiconductor/dielectric multilayer stacks, similar to what has been demonstrated in metallo-dielectric photonic band gap structures. The exploita-tion of this basic property in semicond...

  7. A collimated focused ultrasound beam of high acoustic transmission and minimum diffraction achieved by using a lens with subwavelength structures

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    Lin, Zhou; Tu, Juan; Cheng, Jianchun [Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics (MOE), Department of Physics, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructure, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Guo, Xiasheng, E-mail: guoxs@nju.edu.cn, E-mail: dzhang@nju.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics (MOE), Department of Physics, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructure, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States); Wu, Junru [Department of Physics, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont 05405 (United States); Huang, Pingtong [Department of Ultrasound, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou 310009 (China); Zhang, Dong, E-mail: guoxs@nju.edu.cn, E-mail: dzhang@nju.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics (MOE), Department of Physics, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructure, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); The State Key Laboratory of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 10080 (China)

    2015-09-14

    An acoustic focusing lens incorporated with periodically aligned subwavelength grooves corrugated on its spherical surface has been developed. It is demonstrated theoretically and experimentally that acoustic focusing achieved by using the lens can suppress the relative side-lobe amplitudes, enhance the focal gain, and minimize the shifting of the focus. Use of the lens coupled with a planar ultrasound transducer can generate an ultrasound beam with enhanced acoustic transmission and collimation effect, which offers the capability of improving the safety, efficiency, and accuracy of targeted surgery implemented by high intensity focused ultrasound.

  8. 3D numerical modeling for ultra-sensitive noninvasive size-dependent nanoparticle detection technique using subwavelength silicon microcavities

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    Dionne, Jeffrey P.; Kuznetsova, Lyuba

    2015-08-01

    Three-dimensional finite-element-method simulations are used to investigate a system consisting of a subwavelength silicon microdisk cavity for the detection of different viruses of the same type. This is done by observing the effects that a spherical nanoparticle had on the frequency resonances of WGMs of the silicon microdisk. Results show that the observed spectral shift vary for the TM15 mode with an attached nanoparticle of radiuses between 100-300 nm. This frequency shift size-dependence makes it possible the for mature and immature HIV-1 viruses to be identified by the resonant frequency change in the transmission spectrum.

  9. Metamaterial near-field sensor for deep-subwavelength thickness measurements and sensitive refractometry in the terahertz frequency range

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    Reinhard, Benjamin; Wollrab, Viktoria; Neu, Jens; Beigang, René; Rahm, Marco

    2012-01-01

    We present a metamaterial-based terahertz (THz) sensor for thickness measurements of subwavelength-thin materials and refractometry of liquids and liquid mixtures. The sensor operates in reflection geometry and exploits the frequency shift of a sharp Fano resonance minimum in the presence of dielectric materials. We obtained a minimum thickness resolution of 12.5 nm (1/16000 times the wavelength of the THz radiation) and a refractive index sensitivity of 0.43 THz per refractive index unit. We support the experimental results by an analytical model that describes the dependence of the resonance frequency on the sample material thickness and the refractive index.

  10. Metamaterial near-field sensor for deep-subwavelength thickness measurements and sensitive refractometry in the terahertz frequency range

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    Reinhard, Benjamin; Schmitt, Klemens M.; Neu, Jens [Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, 67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany); Wollrab, Viktoria; Beigang, Rene; Rahm, Marco [Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, 67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany); Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM, 79110 Freiburg (Germany)

    2012-05-28

    We present a metamaterial-based terahertz (THz) sensor for thickness measurements of subwavelength-thin materials and refractometry of liquids and liquid mixtures. The sensor operates in reflection geometry and exploits the frequency shift of a sharp Fano resonance minimum in the presence of dielectric materials. We obtained a minimum thickness resolution of 12.5 nm (1/16 000 times the wavelength of the THz radiation) and a refractive index sensitivity of 0.43 THz per refractive index unit. We support the experimental results by an analytical model that describes the dependence of the resonance frequency on the sample material thickness and the refractive index.

  11. A collimated focused ultrasound beam of high acoustic transmission and minimum diffraction achieved by using a lens with subwavelength structures

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    An acoustic focusing lens incorporated with periodically aligned subwavelength grooves corrugated on its spherical surface has been developed. It is demonstrated theoretically and experimentally that acoustic focusing achieved by using the lens can suppress the relative side-lobe amplitudes, enhance the focal gain, and minimize the shifting of the focus. Use of the lens coupled with a planar ultrasound transducer can generate an ultrasound beam with enhanced acoustic transmission and collimation effect, which offers the capability of improving the safety, efficiency, and accuracy of targeted surgery implemented by high intensity focused ultrasound

  12. Properties of Sub-Wavelength Spherical Antennas With Arbitrarily Lossy Magnetodielectric Cores Approaching the Chu Lower Bound

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    Hansen, Troels Vejle; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2014-01-01

    factor. These expressions are valid for the entire range from zero to infinite material loss tangents, with any dispersion of the real parts and an inverse frequency variation of the imaginary parts of permittivity and permeability. For the dipole modes of a sub-wavelength antenna, we demonstrate how an...... increasing magnetic loss tangent initially leads to a decreasing radiation quality factor, but in the limit of a perfect magnetic conductor (PMC) core the dissipated power tends to zero and the radiation quality factor reaches the fundamental Chu lower bound....

  13. Nanoscale optical interferometry with incoherent light.

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    Li, Dongfang; Feng, Jing; Pacifici, Domenico

    2016-01-01

    Optical interferometry has empowered an impressive variety of biosensing and medical imaging techniques. A widely held assumption is that devices based on optical interferometry require coherent light to generate a precise optical signature in response to an analyte. Here we disprove that assumption. By directly embedding light emitters into subwavelength cavities of plasmonic interferometers, we demonstrate coherent generation of surface plasmons even when light with extremely low degrees of spatial and temporal coherence is employed. This surprising finding enables novel sensor designs with cheaper and smaller light sources, and consequently increases accessibility to a variety of analytes, such as biomarkers in physiological fluids, or even airborne nanoparticles. Furthermore, these nanosensors can now be arranged along open detection surfaces, and in dense arrays, accelerating the rate of parallel target screening used in drug discovery, among other high volume and high sensitivity applications. PMID:26880171

  14. High accuracy subwavelength distance measurements: A variable-angle standing-wave total-internal-reflection optical microscope

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    We describe an extension of the total-internal-reflection microscopy technique that permits direct in-plane distance measurements with high accuracy (<10 nm) over a wide range of separations. This high position accuracy arises from the creation of a standing evanescent wave and the ability to sweep the nodal positions (intensity minima of the standing wave) in a controlled manner via both the incident angle and the relative phase of the incoming laser beams. Some control over the vertical resolution is available through the ability to scan the incoming angle and with it the evanescent penetration depth.

  15. Efficient, designable, and broad-bandwidth optical extinction via aspect-ratio-tailored silver nanodisks

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    Anquillare, E. L.; Miller, O D; Hsu, C. W.; DeLacy, B. G.; Joannopoulos, J. D.; Johnson, S. G.; Soljacic, M.

    2016-01-01

    Subwavelength resonators, ranging from single atoms to metallic nanoparticles, typically exhibit a narrow-bandwidth response to optical excitations. We computationally design and experimentally synthesize tailored distributions of silver nanodisks to extinguish light over broad and varied frequency windows. We show that metallic nanodisks are two-to-ten-times more efficient in absorbing and scattering light than common structures, and can approach fundamental limits to broadband scattering fo...

  16. Nonlinear optics and spectroscopy at the nanoscale with a hollow-pyramid aperture SNOM

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    Biagioni, P [Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan (Italy); Celebrano, M [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, CNR, Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan (Italy); Polli, D [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, CNR, Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan (Italy); Labardi, M [PolyLab CNR-INFM, largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa (Italy); Zavelani-Rossi, M [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, CNR, Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan (Italy); Cerullo, G [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, CNR, Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan (Italy); Finazzi, M [Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan (Italy); Duo, L [Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan (Italy)

    2007-03-15

    We report on a novel near-field microscope in which ultrashort laser pulses are coupled into hollow-pyramid cantilever probes. The high throughput, absence of polarization pinning and absence of chirping, which are premium features of such probes, enable obtaining sufficient peak power in the near-field to perform nonlinear optical experiments. We show experimental results on second-harmonic generation from metal nanostructures and two-photon excitation of fluorescent conjugated polymers on the subwavelength scale.

  17. Nonlinear optics and spectroscopy at the nanoscale with a hollow-pyramid aperture SNOM

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    We report on a novel near-field microscope in which ultrashort laser pulses are coupled into hollow-pyramid cantilever probes. The high throughput, absence of polarization pinning and absence of chirping, which are premium features of such probes, enable obtaining sufficient peak power in the near-field to perform nonlinear optical experiments. We show experimental results on second-harmonic generation from metal nanostructures and two-photon excitation of fluorescent conjugated polymers on the subwavelength scale

  18. Point spread function of the optical needle super-oscillatory lens

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    Super-oscillatory optical lenses are known to achieve sub-wavelength focusing. In this paper, we analyse the imaging capabilities of a super-oscillatory lens by studying its point spread function. We experimentally demonstrate that a super-oscillatory lens can generate a point spread function 24% smaller than that dictated by the diffraction limit and has an effective numerical aperture of 1.31 in air. The object-image linear displacement property of these lenses is also investigated.

  19. Amplitude and phase evolution of optical fields inside periodic photonic structures

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    Flück, E.; Hammer, M; Otter, A.M.; Korterik, J P; Kuipers, L.; Hulst, van der, R.W.M.

    2003-01-01

    Optical amplitude distributions of light inside periodic photonic structures are visualized with subwavelength resolution. In addition, using a phase-sensitive photon scanning tunneling microscope, we simultaneously map the phase evolution of light. Two different structures, which consist of a ridge wave-guide containing periodic arrays of nanometer scale features, are investigated. We determine the wavelength dependence of the exponential decay rate inside the periodic arrays. Furthermore, v...

  20. A simple model explaining super-resolution in absolute optical instruments

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    Leonhardt, Ulf; Sahebdivan, Sahar; Kogan, Alex; Tyc, Tomáš

    2015-05-01

    We develop a simple, one-dimensional model for super-resolution in absolute optical instruments that is able to describe the interplay between sources and detectors. Our model explains the subwavelength sensitivity of a point detector to a point source reported in previous computer simulations and experiments (Miñano 2011 New J. Phys.13 125009; Miñano 2014 New J. Phys.16 033015).

  1. High-efficiency light-wave control with all-dielectric optical Huygens' metasurfaces

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    Decker, Manuel; Staude, Isabelle; Falkner, Matthias; Dominguez, Jason; Neshev, Dragomir N.; Brener, Igal; Pertsch, Thomas; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2014-01-01

    Optical metasurfaces have developed as a breakthrough concept for advanced wave-front engineering enabled by subwavelength resonant nanostructures. However, reflection and/or absorption losses as well as low polarisation-conversion efficiencies pose a fundamental obstacle for achieving high transmission efficiencies that are required for practical applications. Here we demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, highly efficient all-dielectric metasurfaces for near-infrared frequencies ...

  2. Optical Detection and Sizing of Single Nano-Particles Using Continuous Wetting Films

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    Hennequin, Yves; Allier, Cédric P.; McLeod, Euan; Mudanyali, Onur; Migliozzi, Daniel; Ozcan, Aydogan; Dinten, Jean-Marc

    2013-01-01

    The physical interaction between nano-scale objects and liquid interfaces can create unique optical properties, enhancing the signatures of the objects with sub-wavelength features. Here we show that the evaporation on a wetting substrate of a polymer solution containing sub-micrometer or nano-scale particles creates liquid micro-lenses that arise from the local deformations of the continuous wetting film. These micro-lenses have properties similar to axicon lenses that are known to create be...

  3. Threshold Dependence of Deep- and Near-subwavelength Ripples Formation on Natural MoS2 Induced by Femtosecond Laser

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    Pan, Yusong; Yang, Ming; Li, Yumei; Wang, Zhenhua; Zhang, Chunling; Zhao, Ying; Yao, Jianghong; Wu, Qiang; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-01-01

    Deep sub-wavelength ripples (DSRs) and near sub-wavelength ripples (NSRs) with uniform periods of ~160 nm and ~660 nm generated at the MoS2-vacuum interface is reported for the first time by the processing of femtosecond laser (800 nm, 120 fs, 1 kHz) in this paper. The DSRs and NSRs formation fluence thresholds are experimentally determined as 160 mJ/cm2 and 192 mJ/cm2, respectively. In addition, the ripple period is insensitive to the pulse number. Moreover, Raman analyses show that the MoS2 lattice in the irradiated area does not exhibit oxidation at room environment and the crystalline representation is well preserved in NSRs region. We attribute our result to the joint interactions of the spallation and sublimation of layered MoS2 together with the laser induced surface plasmon polaritons and propose an explanation to the threshold dependence of the ripple period. Our study provides some insights for ultrafast laser-matter interactions and indicates a simple effective method for future nano-fabrication of MoS2.

  4. Properties of Transmission and Leaky Modes in a Plasmonic Waveguide Constructed by Periodic Subwavelength Metallic Hollow Blocks.

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    Wu, Jin Jei; Wu, Chien Jang; Shen, Jian Qi; Hou, Da Jun; Lo, Wen Chen

    2015-01-01

    Based on the concept of low-frequency spoof surface plasmon polaritons (spoof SPPs), a kind of leaky mode is proposed in a waveguide made of a subwavelength metal-block array with open slots. Numerical results reveal that a new transmission mode is found in the periodic subwavelength metal open blocks. This modal field is located inside the interior of a hollow block compared with that in a solid metal block array. The dispersion curve shows that such a new SPPs mode has a negative slope, crossing the light line, and then going into a zone of leaky mode at higher frequencies. The leaky mode has a wider frequency bandwidth, and this can lead to a radiation scanning angle of 53° together with high radiation efficiency. Based on the individual characteristics exhibited by a frequency-dependent radiation pattern for the present leaky mode, the waveguide structure can have potential applications such as frequency dividers and demultiplexers. Experimental verification of such a leaky mode at microwave has been performed, and the experimental results are found to be consistent with the theoretical analysis. PMID:26403387

  5. Threshold Dependence of Deep- and Near-subwavelength Ripples Formation on Natural MoS2 Induced by Femtosecond Laser.

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    Pan, Yusong; Yang, Ming; Li, Yumei; Wang, Zhenhua; Zhang, Chunling; Zhao, Ying; Yao, Jianghong; Wu, Qiang; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-01-01

    Deep sub-wavelength ripples (DSRs) and near sub-wavelength ripples (NSRs) with uniform periods of ~160 nm and ~660 nm generated at the MoS2-vacuum interface is reported for the first time by the processing of femtosecond laser (800 nm, 120 fs, 1 kHz) in this paper. The DSRs and NSRs formation fluence thresholds are experimentally determined as 160 mJ/cm(2) and 192 mJ/cm(2), respectively. In addition, the ripple period is insensitive to the pulse number. Moreover, Raman analyses show that the MoS2 lattice in the irradiated area does not exhibit oxidation at room environment and the crystalline representation is well preserved in NSRs region. We attribute our result to the joint interactions of the spallation and sublimation of layered MoS2 together with the laser induced surface plasmon polaritons and propose an explanation to the threshold dependence of the ripple period. Our study provides some insights for ultrafast laser-matter interactions and indicates a simple effective method for future nano-fabrication of MoS2. PMID:26795074

  6. Wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide with long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area.

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    Gui, Chengcheng; Wang, Jian

    2015-01-01

    We present a novel design of wedge hybrid plasmonic terahertz (THz) waveguide consisting of a silicon (Si) nanowire cylinder above a triangular gold wedge with surrounded high-density polyethylene as cladding. It features long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode confinement. The mode properties of wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide are comprehensively characterized in terms of propagation length (L), normalized mode area (Aeff/A0), figure of merit (FoM), and chromatic dispersion (D). The designed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide enables an ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area which is more than one-order of magnitude smaller compared to previous rectangular one. When choosing the diameter of Si nanowire cylinder, a smaller diameter (e.g. 10 μm) is preferred to achieve longer L and higher FoM, while a larger diameter (e.g. 60 μm) is favorable to obtain smaller Aeff/A0 and higher FoM. We further study the impacts of possible practical fabrication errors on the mode properties. The simulated results of propagation length and normalized mode area show that the proposed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide is tolerant to practical fabrication errors in geometry parameters such as misalignment in the horizontal direction, variation of wedge tip angle, and variation of wedge tip curvature radius. PMID:26155782

  7. Aluminum Nanoholes for Optical Biosensing

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    Carlos Angulo Barrios

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Sub-wavelength diameter holes in thin metal layers can exhibit remarkable optical features that make them highly suitable for (biosensing applications. Either as efficient light scattering centers for surface plasmon excitation or metal-clad optical waveguides, they are able to form strongly localized optical fields that can effectively interact with biomolecules and/or nanoparticles on the nanoscale. As the metal of choice, aluminum exhibits good optical and electrical properties, is easy to manufacture and process and, unlike gold and silver, its low cost makes it very promising for commercial applications. However, aluminum has been scarcely used for biosensing purposes due to corrosion and pitting issues. In this short review, we show our recent achievements on aluminum nanohole platforms for (biosensing. These include a method to circumvent aluminum degradation—which has been successfully applied to the demonstration of aluminum nanohole array (NHA immunosensors based on both, glass and polycarbonate compact discs supports—the use of aluminum nanoholes operating as optical waveguides for synthesizing submicron-sized molecularly imprinted polymers by local photopolymerization, and a technique for fabricating transferable aluminum NHAs onto flexible pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, which could facilitate the development of a wearable technology based on aluminum NHAs.

  8. Aluminum Nanoholes for Optical Biosensing

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    Barrios, Carlos Angulo; Canalejas-Tejero, Víctor; Herranz, Sonia; Urraca, Javier; Moreno-Bondi, María Cruz; Avella-Oliver, Miquel; Maquieira, Ángel; Puchades, Rosa

    2015-01-01

    Sub-wavelength diameter holes in thin metal layers can exhibit remarkable optical features that make them highly suitable for (bio)sensing applications. Either as efficient light scattering centers for surface plasmon excitation or metal-clad optical waveguides, they are able to form strongly localized optical fields that can effectively interact with biomolecules and/or nanoparticles on the nanoscale. As the metal of choice, aluminum exhibits good optical and electrical properties, is easy to manufacture and process and, unlike gold and silver, its low cost makes it very promising for commercial applications. However, aluminum has been scarcely used for biosensing purposes due to corrosion and pitting issues. In this short review, we show our recent achievements on aluminum nanohole platforms for (bio)sensing. These include a method to circumvent aluminum degradation—which has been successfully applied to the demonstration of aluminum nanohole array (NHA) immunosensors based on both, glass and polycarbonate compact discs supports—the use of aluminum nanoholes operating as optical waveguides for synthesizing submicron-sized molecularly imprinted polymers by local photopolymerization, and a technique for fabricating transferable aluminum NHAs onto flexible pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, which could facilitate the development of a wearable technology based on aluminum NHAs. PMID:26184330

  9. Graphene, plasmons and transformation optics

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    Here we study subwavelength gratings for coupling into graphene plasmons by means of an analytical model based on transformation optics that is not limited to very shallow gratings. We consider gratings that consist of a periodic modulation of the charge density in the graphene sheet, and gratings formed by this conductivity modulation together with a dielectric grating placed in close vicinity of the graphene. Explicit expressions for the dispersion relation of the plasmon polaritons supported by the system, and reflectance and transmittance under plane wave illumination are given. We discuss the conditions for maximising the coupling between incident radiation and plasmons in the graphene, finding the optimal modulation strength for a conductivity grating. (paper)

  10. Size-dependent optical imaging properties of high-index immersed microsphere lens

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    Guo, Minglei; Ye, Yong-Hong; Hou, Jinglei; Du, Bintao

    2016-03-01

    The imaging properties of high-index immersed microsphere lenses in the diameter range of 5-300 µm are experimentally studied. Our experimental results show that shifting the focal plane of the objective lens can result in different optical properties. When light beams generated from the objective lens are focused near the low surface of the microsphere lens, interference rings can be observed by a conventional optical microscopy, and its diameter and ring number increase with the diameter of microspheres, which can be similarly described by conventional wave optics. When the focal plane of the objective lens is further turned down about several microns, the Blu-ray disk with sub-wavelength structures can be discerned with a magnification up to 4.5 × and field of view up to 14 µm. The image contrast and resolution decrease as the microsphere diameter increases. Calculations of the electric field distributions indicate that the "photonic nanojet" induced by the microsphere performs an important role in sub-wavelength imaging. The surrounding medium can be expected to improve the formation of both the sub-wavelength images and the interference rings. Our studies will help the understanding of the imaging mechanisms in microsphere lenses.

  11. Optical Mode Control by Geometric Phase in Quasicrystal Metasurface

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    Yulevich, Igor; Maguid, Elhanan; Shitrit, Nir; Veksler, Dekel; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2015-11-01

    We report on the observation of optical spin-controlled modes from a quasicrystalline metasurface as a result of an aperiodic geometric phase induced by anisotropic subwavelength structure. When geometric phase defects are introduced in the aperiodic structured surface, the modes exhibit polarization helicity dependence resulting in the optical spin-Hall effect. The radiative thermal dispersion bands from a quasicrystal structure are studied where the observed bands arise from the optical spin-orbit interaction induced by the aperiodic space-variant orientations of anisotropic antennas. The optical spin-flip behavior of the revealed modes that arise from the geometric phase pickup is experimentally observed within the visible spectrum by measuring the spin-projected diffraction patterns. The introduced ability to manipulate the light-matter interaction of quasicrystals in a spin-dependent manner provides the route for molding light via spin-optical aperiodic artificial planar surfaces.

  12. Optical Mode Control by Geometric Phase in Quasicrystal Metasurface

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    Yulevich, Igor; Shitrit, Nir; Veksler, Dekel; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2015-01-01

    We report on the observation of optical spin-controlled modes from a quasicrystalline metasurface as a result of an aperiodic geometric phase induced by anisotropic subwavelength structure. When geometric phase defects are introduced in the aperiodic structured surface, the modes exhibit polarization helicity dependence resulting in the optical spin-Hall effect. The radiative thermal dispersion bands from a quasicrystal structure were studied where the observed bands arise from the optical spin-orbit interaction induced by the aperiodic space-variant orientations of anisotropic antennas. The optical spin-flip behavior of the revealed modes that arise from the geometric phase pickup was experimentally observed within the visible spectrum by measuring the spin-projected diffraction patterns. The introduced ability to manipulate the light-matter interaction of quasicrystals in a spin-dependent manner provides the route for molding light via spin-optical aperiodic artificial planar surfaces.

  13. Creating optical near-field orbital angular momentum in a gold metasurface.

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    Chen, Ching-Fu; Ku, Chen-Ta; Tai, Yi-Hsin; Wei, Pei-Kuen; Lin, Heh-Nan; Huang, Chen-Bin

    2015-04-01

    Nanocavities inscribed in a gold thin film are optimized and designed to form a metasurface. We demonstrate both numerically and experimentally the creation of surface plasmon (SP) vortex carrying orbital angular momentum in the metasurface under linearly polarized optical excitation that carries no optical angular momentum. Moreover, depending on the orientation of the exciting linearly polarized light, we show that the metasurface is capable of providing dynamic switching between SP vortex formation or SP subwavelength focusing. The resulting SP intensities are experimentally measured using a near-field scanning optical microscope and are found in excellent quantitative agreements as compared to the numerical results. PMID:25798810

  14. Multipolar third-harmonic generation driven by optically-induced magnetic resonances

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    Smirnova, Daria A; Smirnov, Lev A; Kivshar, Yuri S

    2016-01-01

    We analyze the third-harmonic generation from high-index dielectric nanoparticles and discuss the basic features and multipolar nature of the parametrically generated electromagnetic fields near the Mie-type optical resonances in silicon particles. By combining both analytical and numerical methods, we study the nonlinear scattering from simple nanoparticle geometries such as spheres and disks driven by the magnetic dipole resonance. We reveal the approaches for manipulating and directing the resonantly enhanced nonlinear emission with subwavelength all-dielectric structures that can be of a particular interest for a design of nonlinear optical antennas and engineering the magnetic optical nonlinear response at nanoscale.

  15. Optical Nano-antennae as Compact and Efficient Couplers from Free-space to Waveguide Modes

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    Zenin, Vladimir A.; Malureanu, Radu; Volkov, Valentyn; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    plasmonic waveguides for optical interconnects. During the talk, we will present our modelling optimisation, fabrication and measurement of the nano-antennae functionality. For the modelling part, we used CST Microwave studio for optimising the antenna geometry. Various antennae were modelled and fabricated......Optical nano-antennae are one of the possible solutions for coupling free-space radiation into subwavelength waveguides. Our efforts were concentrated on coupling between an optical fibre and a plasmonic slot waveguide. Such coupling is still an issue to be solved in order to advance the use of...

  16. Optics/Optical Diagnostics Laboratory

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The Optics/Optical Diagnostics Laboratory supports graduate instruction in optics, optical and laser diagnostics and electro-optics. The optics laboratory provides...

  17. Nonlinear Optics with Tapered Fibers and Magneto-Optically Trapped Rubidium

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    Little, Bethany; Mullarkey, Chris; Howell, John; Vamivakas, Nick; Lin, Qiang

    2016-05-01

    Tapered optical fibers of sub-wavelength diameter present a promising means of integrating the light-atom interaction into larger scale devices. We present work on a tapered fiber system loaded by a magneto optical trap of Rubidium atoms, in which a combination of red and blue detuned beams create a one-dimensional lattice trap along the fiber. The same fiber is used for interacting with the atoms in the trap via the evanescent fields of light propagating along the fiber. Light storage has been demonstrated in a similar system with Cesium, and we believe that much nonlinear optics remains to be explored in this regime. We also plan to see how these nonlinear effects can be enhanced with the addition of a micro-resonator such as the ones in.

  18. Simulations of waveguide Bragg grating filters based on subwavelength grating waveguide

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    Čtyroký, Jiří; Kwiecien, P.; Wang, J.; Richter, I.; Glesk, I.; Chen, L.

    Vol. 9516. Bellingham: SPIE, 2015 - (Cheben, P.; Čtyroký, J.; Molina-Fernandez, I.), 95160M ISBN 978-1-62841-637-4. ISSN 0277-786X. [Conference on Integrated Optics - Physics and Simulations II. Prague (CZ), 13.04.2015-15.04.2015] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA15-07908S Institutional support: RVO:67985882 Keywords : Fourier modal method * finite difference time domain method * photonic nanowire Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  19. Random-phase metasurfaces at optical wavelengths

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    Pors, Anders; Ding, Fei; Chen, Yiting;

    2016-01-01

    Random-phase metasurfaces, in which the constituents scatter light with random phases, have the property that an incident plane wave will diffusely scatter, hereby leading to a complex far-field response that is most suitably described by statistical means. In this work, we present and exemplify...... of an optically thick gold film overlaid by a subwavelength thin glass spacer and an array of gold nanobricks, we design and realize random-phase metasurfaces at a wavelength of 800 nm. Optical characterisation of the fabricated samples convincingly demonstrates the diffuse scattering of reflected...... light, with statistics obeying the theoretical predictions. We foresee the use of random-phase metasurfaces for camouflage applications and as high-quality reference structures in dark-field microscopy, while the control of the statistics for polarised and unpolarised light might find usage in security...

  20. Surface-enhanced localized surface plasmon resonance biosensing of avian influenza DNA hybridization using subwavelength metallic nanoarrays

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    Kim, Shin Ae; Jang, Sung Min; Kim, Sung June [School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of); Byun, Kyung Min [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin 446-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kyujung; Kim, Donghyun [Program of Nanomedical Science and Technology, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ma, Kyungjae; Oh, Youngjin [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sung Guk [College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Shuler, Michael L, E-mail: kmbyun@khu.ac.kr [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States)

    2010-09-03

    We demonstrated enhanced localized surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensing based on subwavelength gold nanoarrays built on a thin gold film. Arrays of nanogratings (1D) and nanoholes (2D) with a period of 200 nm were fabricated by electron-beam lithography and used for the detection of avian influenza DNA hybridization. Experimental results showed that both nanoarrays provided significant sensitivity improvement and, especially, 1D nanogratings exhibited higher SPR signal amplification compared with 2D nanohole arrays. The sensitivity enhancement is associated with changes in surface-limited reaction area and strong interactions between bound molecules and localized plasmon fields. Our approach is expected to improve both the sensitivity and sensing resolution and can be applicable to label-free detection of DNA without amplification by polymerase chain reaction.

  1. Plasmon resonance and perfect light absorption in subwavelength trench arrays etched in gallium-doped zinc oxide film

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    Hendrickson, Joshua R., E-mail: joshua.hendrickson.4@us.af.mil; Leedy, Kevin; Cleary, Justin W. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, 2241 Avionics Circle, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433 (United States); Vangala, Shivashankar [Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, 2241 Avionics Circle, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433 (United States); SURVICE Engineering, 4141 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio 45431 (United States); Nader, Nima [Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, 2241 Avionics Circle, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433 (United States); Solid State Scientific Corporation, 12 Simon St., Nashua, New Hampshire 03060 (United States); Guo, Junpeng [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 301 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35899 (United States)

    2015-11-09

    Near-perfect light absorption in subwavelength trench arrays etched in highly conductive gallium-doped zinc oxide films was experimentally observed in the mid infrared regime. At wavelengths corresponding to the resonant excitation of surface plasmons, up to 99% of impinging light is efficiently trapped and absorbed in the periodic trenches. Scattering cross sectional calculations reveal that each individual trench acts like a vertical split ring resonator with a broad plasmon resonance spectrum. The coupling of these individual plasmon resonators in the grating structure leads to enhanced photon absorption and significant resonant spectral linewidth narrowing. Ellipsometry measurements taken before and after device fabrication result in different permittivity values for the doped zinc oxide material, indicating that localized annealing occurred during the plasma etching process due to surface heating. Simulations, which incorporate a 50 nm annealed region at the zinc oxide surface, are in a good agreement with the experimental results.

  2. Surface-enhanced localized surface plasmon resonance biosensing of avian influenza DNA hybridization using subwavelength metallic nanoarrays

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    We demonstrated enhanced localized surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensing based on subwavelength gold nanoarrays built on a thin gold film. Arrays of nanogratings (1D) and nanoholes (2D) with a period of 200 nm were fabricated by electron-beam lithography and used for the detection of avian influenza DNA hybridization. Experimental results showed that both nanoarrays provided significant sensitivity improvement and, especially, 1D nanogratings exhibited higher SPR signal amplification compared with 2D nanohole arrays. The sensitivity enhancement is associated with changes in surface-limited reaction area and strong interactions between bound molecules and localized plasmon fields. Our approach is expected to improve both the sensitivity and sensing resolution and can be applicable to label-free detection of DNA without amplification by polymerase chain reaction.

  3. Plasmon resonance and perfect light absorption in subwavelength trench arrays etched in gallium-doped zinc oxide film

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    Near-perfect light absorption in subwavelength trench arrays etched in highly conductive gallium-doped zinc oxide films was experimentally observed in the mid infrared regime. At wavelengths corresponding to the resonant excitation of surface plasmons, up to 99% of impinging light is efficiently trapped and absorbed in the periodic trenches. Scattering cross sectional calculations reveal that each individual trench acts like a vertical split ring resonator with a broad plasmon resonance spectrum. The coupling of these individual plasmon resonators in the grating structure leads to enhanced photon absorption and significant resonant spectral linewidth narrowing. Ellipsometry measurements taken before and after device fabrication result in different permittivity values for the doped zinc oxide material, indicating that localized annealing occurred during the plasma etching process due to surface heating. Simulations, which incorporate a 50 nm annealed region at the zinc oxide surface, are in a good agreement with the experimental results

  4. Optimised low-loss multilayers for imaging with sub-wavelength resolution in the visible wavelength range

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    Pastuszczak, Anna

    2011-01-01

    We optimise the effective skin-depth and resolution of Ag-TiO2, Ag-SrTiO3, and Ag-GaP multilayers for imaging with sub-wavelength resolution. In terms of transmission and resolution the optimised multilayers outperform simple designs based on combined use of effective medium theory, impedance matching and Fabry-Perot resonances. For instance, an optimised Ag-GaP multilayer consisting of only 17 layers, operating at the wavelength of 490 nm and having a total thickness equal to one wavelength, combines 78% intensity transmission with a resolution of 60 nm. It is also shown that use of the effective medium theory leads to sub-optimal multilayer designs with respect to the trade-off between the skin depth and resolution already when the period of the structure is on the order of 40 nm or larger.

  5. Fabrication of sub-wavelength antireflective structure to enhance the efficiency of InGaAs solar cells

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Large differences in the refractive index between semiconductors (Si, GaAs, etc. and air produces considerable Fresnel loss, which can seriously hinder the absorption of sunlight by photovoltaic solar cells. This study presents a cost-effective roller nanoimprinting technique for the fabrication of sub-wavelength structures (SWSs as an alternative to conventional anti-reflective coatings used to reduce reflectance in triple-junction InGaP/InGaAs/Ge solar cells. The proposed nanoimprinting technology uses a soft PDMS mold duplicated from a hard silicon template, which is fabricated using PS sphere lithography and dry etching processes. To evaluate the anti-reflective performance of SWSs, we employed rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA to simulate the propagation of electromagnetic plane waves in a GaAs substrate. Simulation results demonstrated a considerable reduction in reflectance resulting from a gradual change in the refractive index provided by SWSs. Photoelectric conversion efficiency was also increased.

  6. Sub-Wavelength Imaging and Field Mapping via EIT and Autler-Townes Splitting In Rydberg Atoms

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    Holloway, Christopher L; Schwarzkopf, Andrew; Anderson, David A; Miller, Stephanie A; Thaicharoen, Nithiwadee; Raithel, Georg

    2014-01-01

    We present a technique for measuring radio-frequency (RF) electric field strengths with sub-wavelength resolution. We use Rydberg states of rubidium atoms to probe the RF field. The RF field causes an energy splitting of the Rydberg states via the Autler-Townes effect, and we detect the splitting via electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). We use this technique to measure the electric field distribution inside a glass cylinder with applied RF fields at 17.04 GHz and 104.77 GHz. We achieve a spatial resolution of $\\bf{\\approx}$100 $\\bf{\\mu}$m, limited by the widths of the laser beams utilized for the EIT spectroscopy. We numerically simulate the fields in the glass cylinder and find good agreement with the measured fields. Our results suggest that this technique could be applied to image fields on a small spatial scale over a large range of frequencies, up into the sub-THz regime.

  7. Dielectric Optical-Controlled Magnifying Lens by Nonlinear Negative Refraction

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    Cao, Jianjun; Zheng, Yuanlin; Chen, Xianfeng; Liang, Xiaogan; Wan, Wenjie

    2014-01-01

    A simple optical lens plays an important role for exploring the microscopic world in science and technology by refracting light with tailored spatially varying refractive index. Recent advancements in nanotechnology enable novel lenses, such as, superlens, hyperlens, Luneburg lens, with sub-wavelength resolution capabilities by specially designing materials' refractive indices with meta-materials and transformation optics. However, these artificially nano/micro engineered lenses usually suffer high losses from metals and are highly demanding in fabrication. Here we experimentally demonstrate for the first time a nonlinear dielectric magnifying lens using negative refraction by degenerate four-wave mixing in a plano-concave glass slide, obtaining magnified images. Moreover, we transform a nonlinear flat lens into a magnifying lens by introducing transformation optics into nonlinear regime, achieving an all-optical controllable lensing effect through nonlinear wave mixing, which may have many potential applicat...

  8. Dielectric Optical-Controllable Magnifying Lens by Nonlinear Negative Refraction

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    Cao, Jianjun; Shang, Ce; Zheng, Yuanlin; Feng, Yaming; Chen, Xianfeng; Liang, Xiaogan; Wan, Wenjie

    2015-07-01

    A simple optical lens plays an important role for exploring the microscopic world in science and technology by refracting light with tailored spatially varying refractive indices. Recent advancements in nanotechnology enable novel lenses, such as, superlens and hyperlens, with sub-wavelength resolution capabilities by specially designed materials’ refractive indices with meta-materials and transformation optics. However, these artificially nano- or micro-engineered lenses usually suffer high losses from metals and are highly demanding in fabrication. Here, we experimentally demonstrate, for the first time, a nonlinear dielectric magnifying lens using negative refraction by degenerate four-wave mixing in a plano-concave glass slide, obtaining magnified images. Moreover, we transform a nonlinear flat lens into a magnifying lens by introducing transformation optics into the nonlinear regime, achieving an all-optical controllable lensing effect through nonlinear wave mixing, which may have many potential applications in microscopy and imaging science.

  9. Generalized Uncertainty Principle and Analogue of Quantum Gravity in Optics

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    Braidotti, Maria Chiara; Conti, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    The design of optical systems capable of processing and manipulating ultra-short pulses and ultra-focused beams is highly challenging with far reaching fundamental technological applications. One key obstacle routinely encountered while implementing sub-wavelength optical schemes is how to overcome the limitations set by standard Fourier optics. A strategy to overcome these difficulties is to utilize the concept of generalized uncertainty principle (G-UP) that has been originally developed to study quantum gravity. In this paper we propose to use the concept of G-UP within the framework of optics to show that the generalized Schrodinger equation describing short pulses and ultra-focused beams predicts the existence of a minimal spatial or temporal scale which in turn implies the existence of maximally localized states. Using a Gaussian wavepacket with complex phase, we derive the corresponding generalized uncertainty relation and its maximally localized states. We numerically show that the presence of nonlin...

  10. Active coupling control in densely packed subwavelength waveguides via dark mode

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    Suchowski, Haim; Hatakeyama, Taiki; Wu, Chihhui; Feng, Liang; OBrien, Kevin; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang

    2015-01-01

    The ever growing need for energy-efficient and fast communications is driving the development of highly integrated photonic circuits where controlling light at the nanoscale becomes the most critical aspect of information transfer . Directional couplers, two interacting optical waveguides placed in close proximity, are important building blocks in these integrated photonics circuits and have been employed as optical modulators and switches for high speed communication, data processing and integrated quantum operations. However, active control over the coupling between closely packed waveguides is highly desirable and yet remains a critical barrier towards ultra small footprint devices. A general approach to achieve active control in waveguide systems is to exploit optical nonlinearities enabled by a strong control pulse. However these devices suffer from the nonlinear absorption induced by the intense control pulse as the signal and its control propagate in the same waveguide. Here we experimentally demonstra...

  11. Optical fiber tip templating using direct focused ion beam milling

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    A. De Micco; Ricciardi, A.; Pisco, M.; La Ferrara, V.; A. Cusano

    2015-01-01

    We report on a method for integrating sub-wavelength resonant structures on top of optical fiber tip. Our fabrication technique is based on direct milling of the glass on the fiber facet by means of focused ion beam. The patterned fiber tip acts as a structured template for successive depositions of any responsive or functional overlay. The proposed method is validated by depositing on the patterned fiber a high refractive index material layer, to obtain a ‘double-layer’ photonic crystal slab...

  12. Electrically modulated transparent liquid crystal-optical grating projection

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    Buss, Thomas; Smith, Cameron; Kristensen, Anders

    2013-01-01

    A transparent, fully integrated electrically modulated projection technique is presented based on light guiding through a thin liquid crystal layer covering sub-wavelength gratings. The reported device operates at 10 V with response times of 4.5 ms. Analysis of the liquid crystal alignment shows...... that director-reorientation occurs over timescales on the order of 90 μs close to the grating surface. The technology is suitable for next generation heads-up-displays and reconfigurable multilayer photonic integrated circuits. © 2013 Optical Society of America....

  13. Nanoscale sub-100 picosecond all-optical magnetization switching in GdFeCo microstructures.

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    Le Guyader, L; Savoini, M; El Moussaoui, S; Buzzi, M; Tsukamoto, A; Itoh, A; Kirilyuk, A; Rasing, T; Kimel, A V; Nolting, F

    2015-01-01

    Ultrafast magnetization reversal driven by femtosecond laser pulses has been shown to be a promising way to write information. Seeking to improve the recording density has raised intriguing fundamental questions about the feasibility of combining ultrafast temporal resolution with sub-wavelength spatial resolution for magnetic recording. Here we report on the experimental demonstration of nanoscale sub-100 ps all-optical magnetization switching, providing a path to sub-wavelength magnetic recording. Using computational methods, we reveal the feasibility of nanoscale magnetic switching even for an unfocused laser pulse. This effect is achieved by structuring the sample such that the laser pulse, via both refraction and interference, focuses onto a localized region of the structure, the position of which can be controlled by the structural design. Time-resolved photo-emission electron microscopy studies reveal that nanoscale magnetic switching employing such focusing can be pushed to the sub-100 ps regime. PMID:25581133

  14. Stacked optical antennas for plasmon propagation in a 5 nm-confined cavity

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    Saeed, A.

    2015-06-09

    The sub-wavelength concentration and propagation of electromagnetic energy are two complementary aspects of plasmonics that are not necessarily co-present in a single nanosystem. Here we exploit the strong nanofocusing properties of stacked optical antennas in order to highly concentrate the electromagnetic energy into a 5nm metal-insulator-metal (MIM) cavity and convert free radiation into guided modes. The proposed nano-architecture combines the concentration properties of optical nanoantennas with the propagation capability of MIM systems, paving the way to highly miniaturized on-chip plasmonic waveguiding. © 2015, Nature Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

  15. Extreme optical activity and circular dichroism of chiral metal hole arrays

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    Gorkunov, M V; Artemov, V V; Rogov, O Y; Yudin, S G

    2014-01-01

    We report extremely strong optical activity and circular dichroism exhibited by subwavelength arrays of four-start-screw holes fabricated with one-pass focused ion beam milling of freely suspended silver films. Having the fourth order rotational symmetry, the structures exhibit the polarization rotation up to 90 degrees and peaks of full circular dichroism and operate as circular polarizers within certain ranges of wavelengths in the visible. We discuss the observations on the basis of general principles (symmetry, reciprocity and reversibility) and conclude that the extreme optical chirality is determined by the chiral localized plasmonic resonances.

  16. Diffraction-free optical beam propagation with near-zero phase variation in extremely anisotropic metamaterials

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    Sun, Lei; Wang, Wei; Gao, Jie

    2015-01-01

    Extremely anisotropic metal-dielectric multilayer metamaterials are designed to have the effective permittivity tensor of a transverse component (parallel to the interfaces of the multilayer) with zero real part and a longitudinal component (normal to the interfaces of the multilayer) with ultra-large imaginary part at the same wavelength, including the optical nonlocality analysis based on the transfer-matrix method. The diffraction-free deep-subwavelength optical beam propagation with near-zero phase variation in the designed multilayer stack due to the near-flat iso-frequency contour is demonstrated and analyzed, including the effects of the multilayer period and the material loss.

  17. Diffraction-free optical beam propagation with near-zero phase variation in extremely anisotropic metamaterials

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    Extremely anisotropic metal-dielectric multilayer metamaterials are designed to have the effective permittivity tensor of a transverse component (parallel to the interfaces of the multilayer) with zero real part and a longitudinal component (normal to the interfaces of the multilayer) with ultra-large imaginary part at the same wavelength, including the optical nonlocality analysis based on the transfer-matrix method. The diffraction-free deep-subwavelength optical beam propagation with near-zero phase variation in the designed multilayer stack due to the near-flat iso-frequency contour is demonstrated and analyzed, including the effects of the multilayer period and the material loss. (paper)

  18. Diffraction-free optical beam propagation with near-zero phase variation in extremely anisotropic metamaterials

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    Sun, Lei; Yang, Xiaodong; Wang, Wei; Gao, Jie

    2015-03-01

    Extremely anisotropic metal-dielectric multilayer metamaterials are designed to have the effective permittivity tensor of a transverse component (parallel to the interfaces of the multilayer) with zero real part and a longitudinal component (normal to the interfaces of the multilayer) with ultra-large imaginary part at the same wavelength, including the optical nonlocality analysis based on the transfer-matrix method. The diffraction-free deep-subwavelength optical beam propagation with near-zero phase variation in the designed multilayer stack due to the near-flat iso-frequency contour is demonstrated and analyzed, including the effects of the multilayer period and the material loss.

  19. Photonic crystal formation on optical nanofibers using femtosecond laser ablation technique

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    Nayak, K P

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate that thousands of periodic nano-craters are fabricated on a subwavelength-diameter tapered optical fiber, an optical nanofiber, by irradiating with just a single femtosecond laser pulse. A key aspect of the fabrication is that the nanofiber itself acts as a cylindrical lens and focuses the femtosecond laser beam on its shadow surface. We also demonstrate that such periodic structures on the nanofiber, act as a 1-D photonic crystal (PhC). Such PhC structures on the nanofiber will strongly enhance the field confinement in such a tapered fiber-based system and may open new avenues in nanophotonics and quantum information technology.

  20. Antireflective sub-wavelength structures for improvement of the extraction efficiency and color rendering index of monolithic white light-emitting diode.

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    Ou, Yiyu; Corell, Dennis Dan; Dam-Hansen, Carsten; Petersen, Paul Michael; Ou, Haiyan

    2011-03-14

    We have theoretically investigated the influence of antireflective sub-wavelength structures on a monolithic white light-emitting diode (LED). The simulation is based on the rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) algorithm, and both cylinder and moth-eye structures have been studied in the work. Our simulation results show that a moth-eye structure enhances the light extraction efficiency over the entire visible light range with an extraction efficiency enhancement of up to 26 %. Also for the first time to our best knowledge, the influence of sub-wavelength structures on both the color rendering index (CRI) and the correlated color temperature (CCT) of the monolithic white LED have been demonstrated. The CRI of the monolithic white LED could be improved from 92.68 to around 94 by applying a cylinder structure, and the CCT could be modified in a very large range with appropriate design of the cylinder structure. PMID:21445218

  1. Subwavelength imaging with materials of in-principle arbitrarily low index contrast

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    Perfect imaging with Maxwell's fish eye opens the exciting prospect of passive imaging systems with a resolution no longer limited by the wave nature of light. But it also challenges some of the accepted wisdom of super-resolution imaging and therefore has been subject to controversy and discussion. Here we describe an idea for even simpler perfect-imaging systems based on geometrical optics and prove by experiment that it works. (paper)

  2. Periodic sub-wavelength electron beam lithography defined photonic crystals for mode control in semiconductor lasers

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    DeRose, Guy A.; Zhu, Lin; Poon, Joyce K. S.; Yariv, Amnon; Scherer, Axel

    2008-01-01

    Surface structure lasers possess lithographically defined patterns, such as gratings and waveguides, on the wafer surface and are usually fabricated without semiconductor regrowth. Optical surface structures typically require sub-micron to nano-scale accuracy in fabrication. For surface structures with more complex geometries, electron beam lithography offers the necessary flexibility, control, and accuracy in fabrication. However, a challenge with electron beam lithography is the patterning ...

  3. Antireflective sub-wavelength structures for improvement of the extraction efficiency and color rendering index of monolithic white light-emitting diode

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    Ou, Yiyu; Corell, Dennis Dan; Dam-Hansen, Carsten; Petersen, Paul Michael; Ou, Haiyan

    2011-01-01

    We have theoretically investigated the influence of antireflective sub-wavelength structures on a monolithic white light-emitting diode (LED). The simulation is based on the rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) algorithm, and both cylinder and moth-eye structures have been studied in the work. Our simulation results show that a moth-eye structure enhances the light extraction efficiency over the entire visible light range with an extraction efficiency enhancement of up to 26 %. Also for the ...

  4. Optical absorbers based on strong interference in ultra-thin films

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    Kats, Mikhail A

    2016-01-01

    Optical absorbers find uses in a wide array of applications across the electromagnetic spectrum, including photovoltaic and photochemical cells, photodetectors, optical filters, stealth technology, and thermal light sources. Recent efforts have sought to reduce the footprint of optical absorbers, conventionally based on graded structures or Fabry-Perot-type cavities, by using the emerging concepts of plasmonics, metamaterials, and metasurfaces. Unfortunately, these new absorber designs require patterning on subwavelength length scales, and are therefore impractical for many large-scale optical and optoelectronic devices. In this article, we summarize recent progress in the development of optical absorbers based on lossy films with thicknesses significantly smaller than the incident optical wavelength. These structures have a small footprint and require no nanoscale patterning. We outline the theoretical foundation of these absorbers based on "ultra-thin-film interference", including the concepts of loss-induc...

  5. Optic glioma

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    Glioma - optic; Optic nerve glioma; Juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma; Brain cancer - optic glioma ... Optic gliomas are rare. The cause of optic gliomas is unknown. Most optic gliomas are slow-growing ...

  6. Omnidirectional optical attractor in structured gap-surface plasmon waveguide

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    Sheng, Chong; Liu, Hui; Zhu, Shining; Genov, Dentcho A.

    2016-03-01

    An optical attractor based on a simple and easy to fabricate structured metal-dielectric-metal (SMDM) waveguide is proposed. The structured waveguide has a variable thickness in the vicinity of an embedded microsphere and allow for adiabatic nano-focusing of gap-surface plasmon polaritons (GSPPs). We show that the proposed system acts as an omnidirectional absorber across a broad spectral range. The geometrical optics approximation is used to provide a description of the ray trajectories in the system and identify the singularity of the deflection angle at the photon sphere. The analytical theory is validated by full-wave numerical simulations demonstrating adiabatic, deep sub-wavelength focusing of GSPPs and high local field enhancement. The proposed structured waveguide is an ideal candidate for the demonstration of reflection free omnidirectional absorption of GSPP in the optical and infrared frequency ranges.

  7. Sub-wavelength confinement of the orbital angular momentum of light probed by plasmonic nanorods resonances.

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    Carli, Marta; Zilio, Pierfrancesco; Garoli, Denis; Giorgis, Valentina; Romanato, Filippo

    2014-10-20

    We discuss how the topological charge of an OAM-carrying plasmon (Plasmonic Vortex) can be probed by monitoring the near-field response of plasmonic nanostructures suitably arranged inside a Plasmonic Vortex Lens. The turning "on" or "off" of four gold nanorods, detected by a Scanning Near field Optical Microscope (SNOM), acts as a fingerprint of the OAM state of the PV at the nanoscale. Different configurations are studied numerically, the integrated structure is fabricated and near field characterization is performed for a particularly meaningful case. PMID:25401663

  8. Subwavelength light focusing of plasmonic lens with dielectric filled nanoslits structures

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    Wang, Hao; Deng, Yongqiang; He, Jiayu; Gao, Ping; Yao, Na; Wang, Changtao; Zhao, Zeyu; Wang, Jiong; Jiang, Bo; Luo, Xiangang

    2014-01-01

    A plasmonic lens composed of a dielectric-filled nanoslits structure on an aluminum film is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The slits' structure is designed with equal distance, length, and width, but filled with variant thickness SiO2 dielectric for specific phase retardations. A dual focused ion beam instrument is employed to mill the slits and deposit SiO2 into the slits. The phase modulation by SiO2-filled slits is illustrated by a double slits interference experiment. The light focusing behavior of the fabricated plasmonic lens is experimentally characterized by a scanning near-field optical microscope. Experimental results show good agreement with the simulations.

  9. Single-etch subwavelength engineered fiber-chip grating couplers for 1.3 µm datacom wavelength band.

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    Benedikovic, Daniel; Alonso-Ramos, Carlos; Cheben, Pavel; Schmid, Jens H; Wang, Shurui; Halir, Robert; Ortega-Moñux, Alejandro; Xu, Dan-Xia; Vivien, Laurent; Lapointe, Jean; Janz, Siegfried; Dado, Milan

    2016-06-13

    We report, for the first time, on the design and experimental demonstration of fiber-chip surface grating couplers based on subwavelength grating engineered nanostructure operating in the low fiber chromatic dispersion window (around 1.3 μm wavelengths), which is of great interest for short-reach data communication applications. Our coupler designs meet the minimum feature size requirements of large-volume deep-ultraviolet stepper lithography processes. The fiber-chip couplers are implemented in a standard 220-nm-thick silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform and are fabricated by using a single etch process. Several types of couplers are presented, specifically the uniform, the apodized, and the focusing designs. The measured peak coupling efficiency is -2.5 dB (56%) near the central wavelength of 1.3 μm. In addition, by utilizing the technique of the backside substrate metallization underneath the grating couplers, the coupling efficiency of up to -0.5 dB (89%) is predicted by Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) calculations. PMID:27410309

  10. Charging suppression in focused-ion beam fabrication of visible subwavelength dielectric grating reflector using electron conducting polymer

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    Alias, Mohd Sharizal

    2015-08-19

    Nanoscale periodic patterning on insulating materials using focused-ion beam (FIB) is challenging because of charging effect, which causes pattern distortion and resolution degradation. In this paper, the authors used a charging suppression scheme using electron conducting polymer for the implementation of FIB patterned dielectric subwavelength grating (SWG) reflector. Prior to the FIB patterning, the authors numerically designed the optimal structure and the fabrication tolerance for all grating parameters (period, grating thickness, fill-factor, and low refractive index layer thickness) using the rigorous-coupled wave analysis computation. Then, the authors performed the FIB patterning on the dielectric SWG reflector spin-coated with electron conducting polymer for the anticharging purpose. They also performed similar patterning using thin conductive film anticharging scheme (30 nm Cr coating) for comparison. Their results show that the electron conducting polymer anticharging scheme effectively suppressing the charging effect during the FIB patterning of dielectric SWG reflector. The fabricated grating exhibited nanoscale precision, high uniformity and contrast, constant patterning, and complied with fabrication tolerance for all grating parameters across the entire patterned area. Utilization of electron conducting polymer leads to a simpler anticharging scheme with high precision and uniformity for FIB patterning on insulator materials.

  11. A subwavelength metal-grating assisted sensor of Kretschmann style for investigating the sample with high refractive index

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    Xu-Feng, Li; Wei, Peng; Ya-Li, Zhao; Qiao, Wang; Ji-Lin, Wei

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a subwavelength metal-grating assisted sensor of Kretschmann style that is capable of detecting the sample with a refractive index higher than that of the substrate is proposed. The sensor configuration is similar to the traditional Kretschmann structure, but the metal film is pattered into a grating. As a TM-polarized laser beam impinges from the substrate, a resonant dip point in reflectance curve is produced at a certain incident angle. Our studies indicate that the sensing sensitivity and resolution are affected by the grating’s gap and period, and after these parameters have been optimized, a sensing sensitivity of 51.484°/RIU is obtained with a slightly changing resolution. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61137005 and 61178067), the Science Foundation of Shanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2013021004-3/2014021021-1), the Pre-studied Project on Weapon Equipment, China (Grant No. 201262401090404), and the Specialized Research Foundation for Doctor of School, China (Grant No. 20122027).

  12. Design and fabrication of antireflective GaN subwavelength grating structures using periodic silica sphere monolayer array patterning

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    Ko, Yeong Hwan; Yu, Jae Su

    2013-12-01

    We designed and fabricated gallium nitride (GaN) subwavelength grating (SWG) structures on GaN/sapphire via patterning using the periodic silica sphere monolayer array as an etch mask and a subsequent dry etching for efficient antireflection coatings. Theoretical optimization of GaN SWG structures was performed in terms of their geometrical parameters by the rigorous coupled-wave analysis simulation using a theoretical structural model. The bullet-like parabola-shaped SWGs with a large height-to-diameter ratio ( R H/D) yielded good broadband and wide-angle antireflective surface properties. Considering the R H/D, the GaN SWG structure using 320-nm silica spheres theoretically and experimentally exhibited the most efficient antireflection property because it provided a linearly graded effective refractive index profile with relatively long relaxation length. For various geometries of the fabricated GaN SWGs on GaN/sapphire, the calculated reflectance results showed a similar tendency with the experimental results.

  13. Optical vortex beam generator at nanoscale level.

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    Garoli, Denis; Zilio, Pierfrancesco; Gorodetski, Yuri; Tantussi, Francesco; De Angelis, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    Optical beams carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM) can find tremendous applications in several fields. In order to apply these particular beams in photonic integrated devices innovative optical elements have been proposed. Here we are interested in the generation of OAM-carrying beams at the nanoscale level. We design and experimentally demonstrate a plasmonic optical vortex emitter, based on a metal-insulator-metal holey plasmonic vortex lens. Our plasmonic element is shown to convert impinging circularly polarized light to an orbital angular momentum state capable of propagating to the far-field. Moreover, the emerging OAM can be externally adjusted by switching the handedness of the incident light polarization. The device has a radius of few micrometers and the OAM beam is generated from subwavelength aperture. The fabrication of integrated arrays of PVLs and the possible simultaneous emission of multiple optical vortices provide an easy way to the large-scale integration of optical vortex emitters for wide-ranging applications. PMID:27404659

  14. Progress in nonlinear nano-optics

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    Lienau, Christoph; Grunwald, Rüdiger

    2015-01-01

    This book presents the state of the art in nonlinear nanostructures for ultrafast laser applications. Most recent results in two emerging fields are presented: (i) generation of laser-induced nanostructures in materials like metals, metal oxides and semiconductors, and (ii) ultrafast excitation and energy transfer in nanoscale physical, chemical and hybrid systems. Particular emphasis is laid on the up-to-date controversially discussed mechanisms of sub-wavelength ripple formation including models of self-organized material transport and multiphoton excitation channels, nonlinear optics of plasmonic structures (nanotips, nanowires, 3D-metamaterials), and energy localization and transport on ultrafast time scale and spatial nanoscale. High-resolution spectroscopy, simulation and characterization techniques are reported. New applications of ultrashort-pulsed lasers for materials processing and the use of nanostructured materials for characterizing laser fields and laser-matter-interactions are discussed.

  15. Dark-field hyperlens for high-contrast sub-wavelength imaging

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    Repän, Taavi; Zhukovsky, Sergei; Lavrinenko, Andrei; Willatzen, Morten

    2016-01-01

    evanescent in common isotropic media (thus giving rise to the diffraction limit). However, nearly all hyperlenses proposed so far have been suitable only for very strong scatterers – such as holes in a metal film. When weaker scatterers, dielectric objects for example, are imaged then incident light forms a...... very strong background, and weak scatterers are not visible due to a poor contrast. We propose a so-called dark-field hyperlens, which would be suitable for imaging of weakly scattering objects. By designing parameters of the HMM, we managed to obtain its response in such way that the hyperlens...... weak dielectric scatterers. These findings hold a great promise for dark-field superresolution, which could be important in real-time dynamic nanoscopy of label-free biological objects for example. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract...

  16. Transformation optics beyond the manipulation of light trajectories.

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    Ginis, Vincent; Tassin, Philippe

    2015-08-28

    Since its inception in 2006, transformation optics has become an established tool to understand and design electromagnetic systems. It provides a geometrical perspective into the properties of light waves without the need for a ray approximation. Most studies have focused on modifying the trajectories of light rays, e.g. beam benders, lenses, invisibility cloaks, etc. In this contribution, we explore transformation optics beyond the manipulation of light trajectories. With a few well-chosen examples, we demonstrate that transformation optics can be used to manipulate electromagnetic fields up to an unprecedented level. In the first example, we introduce an electromagnetic cavity that allows for deep subwavelength confinement of light. The cavity is designed with transformation optics even though the concept of trajectory ceases to have any meaning in a structure as small as this cavity. In the second example, we show that the properties of Cherenkov light emitted in a transformation-optical material can be understood and modified from simple geometric considerations. Finally, we show that optical forces-a quadratic function of the fields-follow the rules of transformation optics too. By applying a folded coordinate transformation to a pair of waveguides, optical forces can be enhanced just as if the waveguides were closer together. With these examples, we open up an entirely new spectrum of devices that can be conceived using transformation optics. PMID:26217057

  17. Hybrid optical-thermal devices and materials for light manipulation and radiative cooling

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    Boriskina, Svetlana V; Hsu, Wei-Chun; Weinstein, Lee; Huang, Xiaopeng; Loomis, James; Xu, Yanfei; Chen, Gang

    2015-01-01

    We report on optical design and applications of hybrid meso-scale devices and materials that combine optical and thermal management functionalities owing to their tailored resonant interaction with light in visible and infrared frequency bands. We outline a general approach to designing such materials, and discuss two specific applications in detail. One example is a hybrid optical-thermal antenna with sub-wavelength light focusing, which simultaneously enables intensity enhancement at the operating wavelength in the visible and reduction of the operating temperature. The enhancement is achieved via light recycling in the form of whispering-gallery modes trapped in an optical microcavity, while cooling functionality is realized via a combination of reduced optical absorption and radiative cooling. The other example is a fabric that is opaque in the visible range yet highly transparent in the infrared, which allows the human body to efficiently shed energy in the form of thermal emission. Such fabrics can find...

  18. Adaptive on-chip control of nano-optical fields with optoplasmonic vortex nanogates

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    Boriskina, Svetlana V

    2011-01-01

    A major challenge for plasmonics as an enabling technology for quantum information processing is the realization of active spatio-temporal control of light on the nanoscale. The use of phase-shaped pulses or beams enforces specific requirements for on-chip integration and imposes strict design limitations. We introduce here an alternative approach, which is based on exploiting the strong sub-wavelength spatial phase modulation in the near-field of resonantly-excited high-Q optical microcavities integrated into plasmonic nanocircuits. Our theoretical analysis reveals the formation of areas of circulating powerflow (optical vortices) in the near-fields of optical microcavities, whose positions and mutual coupling can be controlled by tuning the microcavities parameters and the excitation wavelength. We show that optical powerflow though nanoscale plasmonic structures can be dynamically molded by engineering interactions of microcavity-induced optical vortices with noble-metal nanoparticles. The proposed strateg...

  19. Ultrafast broadband tuning of resonant optical nanostructures using phase change materials

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    Rudé, Miquel; Cetin, Arif E; Miller, Timothy A; Carrilero, Albert; Wall, Simon; de Abajo, F Javier García; Altug, Hatice; Pruneri, Valerio

    2015-01-01

    The phenomenon of extraordinary optical transmission {EOT} through arrays of nanoholes patterned in a metallic film has emerged as a promising tool for a wide range of applications, including photovoltaics, nonlinear optics, and sensing. Designs and methods enabling the dynamic tuning of the optical resonances of these structures are essential to build efficient optical devices, including modulators, switches, filters, and biosensors. However, the efficient combination of EOT and dynamic tuning remains a challenge, mainly because of the lack of materials that can induce modulation over a broad spectral range at high speeds. Here, we demonstrate tuneable resonance wavelength shifts as large as 385 nm - an order of magnitude higher than previously reported - through the combination of phase change materials {PCMs}, which exhibit dramatic variations in optical properties upon transitions between amorphous and crystalline phases, with properly designed subwavelength nanohole metallic arrays. We further find throu...

  20. CONFERENCE NOTE: European Optical Society, Topical Meeting Optical Metrology and Nanotechnology, Engelberg, Switzerland, 27 30 March 1994

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    1993-01-01

    This meeting, organized by the Paul Scherrer Institute's Department of Applied Solid State Physics, will be held from 27 30 March 1994 at the Hotel Regina-Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland. The aim is to bring together scientists from two important fields of current research and increasing industrial relevance. Optical metrology is a traditional discipline of applied optics which reached the nanometre scale a long time ago. Nanotechnology is setting new limits and represents a major challenge to metrology, as well as offering new opportunities to optics. The meeting is intended to help define a common future for optical metrology and nanotechnology. Topics to be covered include: nanometre position control and measuring techniques ultrahigh precision interferometry scanning probe microscopy (AFM, SNOM, etc.) surface modification by scanning probe methods precision surface fabrication and characterization nanolithography micro-optics, diffractive optics components, including systems and applications subwavelength optical structures synthetic optical materials structures and technologies for X-ray optics. For further information please contact: Jens Gobrecht (Secretary), Paul Scherrer Institute, CH-5232 Villigen-PSI, Switzerland.Tel. (41)56992529; Fax (41) 5698 2635.

  1. Optic neuritis

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    Retro-bulbar neuritis; Multiple sclerosis - optic neuritis; Optic nerve - optic neuritis ... The exact cause of optic neuritis is unknown. The optic nerve carries visual information from your eye to the brain. The nerve can swell when ...

  2. Sub-wavelength surface structuring on stainless steel by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Qi, Litao; Hu, Jinping; Lin, Haipeng; Xing, Hualu

    2014-12-01

    In this research, the formation of laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) on the stainless steel surface by femtosecond laser pulses was investigated under static irradiation and line-scanning experiment. In the experiment, we used a commercial amplified Ti:sapphire laser system that generated 164 fs laser pulses with a maximum pulse energy (Ep) of 1 mJ at a 1 kHz repetition rate and with a central wavelength λ = 780 nm. To obtain a fine periodic ordering of surface nanostructures, the laser beam, through a 0.2 mm pinhole aperture positioned near the 5× objective lens, was focused onto the sample. The samples were mounted on an XYZ-translation stage and irradiated in static and line-scanning experiment. The morphology of the induced periodic structure was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The surface profile was measured by atomic force microscopy. High-spatial-frequency LIPSS (HSFL) with a period of 255 +/- 21 nm were obtained over the entire ablated area. HSFL were found to form on low-spatial-frequency LIPSS (LSFL). From our results we elucidated the relationship between the formation of LSFL and HSFL to obtain an enhanced understanding of the mechanism of HSFL formation by femtosecond laser pulses. A large number of applications have been proposed, such as improvement of the optical properties of the surface, new cutting tool development and hard diamond. More applications could be found as the spatial period of HSFL on different materials comes into sub-100 nm.

  3. Fast IR imaging with sub-wavelength resolution using a transient near-field probe

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    Palanker, D.V.; Knippels, G.M.H.; Smith, T.I.; Alan Schwettman, H. [Picosecond FEL Center, W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4085 (United States)

    1998-09-02

    We present a method for the remote generation of a transient near-field probe using conventional IR microscopy optics. Photo-induced reflectivity generated by picosecond pulses of visible light incident on the surface of a semiconductor substrate is used to create transient mirrors with dimensions determined by the spot size of the visible light. The IR light scattered by such sub-wavelength-size mirror is collected after propagating through the sample. As the sample is located on the semiconductor substrate, no near-field distance control is required, and the image can be taken at the speed of typical laser scanning microscope. And since the near-field probe is generated remotely - using light - the sample to be imaged can be covered by, or encased in, a transparent liquid or solid. The resolution of such an IR microscope is determined by the dimensions of the transient mirror, i.e., by the spot size of the visible light and its penetration depth into the substrate. To prevent resolution degradation due to diffusion of the photo-excited carriers in the substrate, the probe (IR) pulse duration should not exceed a few tens of picoseconds. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  4. Optical waveguide behavior of Se-doped and undoped CdS one-dimensional nanostructures using near-field optical microscopy

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    WANG Xiao; LIU Dan; PAN Anlian; FANG Zheyu; HUANG Shan; ZHU Xing

    2009-01-01

    The optical waveguide behaviors of CdS and CdSxSe1-x nanostructures are studied using near-field optical microscopy. Optical measurements demonstrate that light may be guided on sub-wavelength scales along CdS nanoribbons in straight or bent structures. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra from nanoribbon emission using scanning near-field optical microscopy are analyzed under different inci-dent laser intensities. The PL spectra along Se-doped and undoped CdS nanoribbons at different propagation distances are investigated. Both the guided PL spectra of Se-doped and undoped CdS nanoribbons show red-shifts because of the band-edge absorption. Our results are useful for the de-velopment of new kinds of functional nano devices.

  5. Ultracompact and high efficient silicon-based polarization splitter-rotator using a partially-etched subwavelength grating coupler

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    Xu, Yin; Xiao, Jinbiao

    2016-01-01

    On-chip polarization manipulation is pivotal for silicon-on-insulator material platform to realize polarization-transparent circuits and polarization-division-multiplexing transmissions, where polarization splitters and rotators are fundamental components. In this work, we propose an ultracompact and high efficient silicon-based polarization splitter-rotator (PSR) using a partially-etched subwavelength grating (SWG) coupler. The proposed PSR consists of a taper-integrated SWG coupler combined with a partially-etched waveguide between the input and output strip waveguides to make the input transverse-electric (TE) mode couple and convert to the output transverse-magnetic (TM) mode at the cross port while the input TM mode confine well in the strip waveguide during propagation and directly output from the bar port with nearly neglected coupling. Moreover, to better separate input polarizations, an additional tapered waveguide extended from the partially-etched waveguide is also added. From results, an ultracompact PSR of only 8.2 μm in length is achieved, which is so far the reported shortest one. The polarization conversion loss and efficiency are 0.12 dB and 98.52%, respectively, together with the crosstalk and reflection loss of −31.41/−22.43 dB and −34.74/−33.13 dB for input TE/TM mode at wavelength of 1.55 μm. These attributes make the present device suitable for constructing on-chip compact photonic integrated circuits with polarization-independence. PMID:27306112

  6. Ultracompact and high efficient silicon-based polarization splitter-rotator using a partially-etched subwavelength grating coupler

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    Xu, Yin; Xiao, Jinbiao

    2016-06-01

    On-chip polarization manipulation is pivotal for silicon-on-insulator material platform to realize polarization-transparent circuits and polarization-division-multiplexing transmissions, where polarization splitters and rotators are fundamental components. In this work, we propose an ultracompact and high efficient silicon-based polarization splitter-rotator (PSR) using a partially-etched subwavelength grating (SWG) coupler. The proposed PSR consists of a taper-integrated SWG coupler combined with a partially-etched waveguide between the input and output strip waveguides to make the input transverse-electric (TE) mode couple and convert to the output transverse-magnetic (TM) mode at the cross port while the input TM mode confine well in the strip waveguide during propagation and directly output from the bar port with nearly neglected coupling. Moreover, to better separate input polarizations, an additional tapered waveguide extended from the partially-etched waveguide is also added. From results, an ultracompact PSR of only 8.2 μm in length is achieved, which is so far the reported shortest one. The polarization conversion loss and efficiency are 0.12 dB and 98.52%, respectively, together with the crosstalk and reflection loss of ‑31.41/‑22.43 dB and ‑34.74/‑33.13 dB for input TE/TM mode at wavelength of 1.55 μm. These attributes make the present device suitable for constructing on-chip compact photonic integrated circuits with polarization-independence.

  7. Integrated Diffractive Optics for Surface Ion Traps

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    Streed, Erik; Ghadimi, Moji; Blums, Valdis; Norton, Benjamin; Connor, Paul; Amini, Jason; Volin, Curtis; Lobino, Mirko; Kielpinski, David

    2016-05-01

    Photonic interconnects are a bottleneck to achieving large-scale trapped ion quantum computing. We have modified a Georgia Tech Research Institute microwave chip trap by using e-beam lithography to write reflective diffractive collimating optics (80 μm x 127 μm, f=58.6 μm, λ=369.5nm) on the center electrode. The optics have an NA of 0.55 x 0.73, capturing 13.2% of the solid angle. To evaluate the optics 174Yb+ was loaded by isotope selective photo-ionization from a thermal oven and then shuttled to imaging sites. Near diffraction limited sub-wavelength ion images were obtained with an observed spot sized FWHM of 338 nm x 268 nm vs. a diffraction limit of 336 nm x 257 nm. The total photon collection efficiency was measured to be 5.2+/-1.2%. Coupling into a single mode fiber of up to 2.0+/-0.6% was observed, limited by mismatch in the coupling optics. Image mode quality indicates coupling up to 4% may be possible. Funding from Australian Research Council and IARPA.

  8. Fundamental limits to the optical response of lossy media

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    Miller, Owen D; Reid, M T Homer; Hsu, Chia Wei; DeLacy, Brendan G; Joannopoulos, John D; Soljačić, Marin; Johnson, Steven G

    2015-01-01

    At visible and infrared frequencies, metals show tantalizing promise for strong subwavelength resonances, but material loss typically dampens the response. We derive fundamental limits to the optical response of lossy media, bounding the largest enhancements possible given intrinsic material losses. Through basic conservation-of-energy principles, we derive limits to per-volume absorption and scattering rates, and to local-density-of-states enhancements that represent the power radiated or expended by a dipole near a material body. We provide examples of structures that approach our limits, and also specific frequency ranges at which common structures fall orders of magnitudes short. Underlying the limits is a simple metric, $|\\chi|^2 / \\operatorname{Im} \\chi$ for a material with susceptibility $\\chi$, that enables broad technological evaluation of lossy media across optical frequencies.

  9. Antireflective sub-wavelength structures for improvement of the extraction efficiency and color rendering index of monolithic white light-emitting diode

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    Ou, Yiyu; Corell, Dennis Dan; Dam-Hansen, Carsten;

    2011-01-01

    (CRI) and the correlated color temperature (CCT) of the monolithic white LED have been demonstrated. The CRI of the monolithic white LED could be improved from 92.68 to around 94 by applying a cylinder structure, and the CCT could be modified in a very large range with appropriate design of the...... simulation results show that a moth-eye structure enhances the light extraction efficiency over the entire visible light range with an extraction efficiency enhancement of up to 26 %. Also for the first time to our best knowledge, the influence of sub-wavelength structures on both the color rendering index...

  10. Experimental evidence of cut-wire-induced enhanced transmission of transverse-electric fields through sub-wavelength slits in a thin metallic screen

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    di Gennaro, Emiliano; Gallina, Ilaria; Andreone, Antonello; Castaldi, Giuseppe; Galdi, Vincenzo

    2010-12-01

    Recent numerical studies have demonstrated the possibility of achieving substantial enhancements in the transmission of transverse-electric-polarized electromagnetic fields through subwavelength slits in a thin metallic screen by placing single or paired metallic cut-wire arrays at a close distance from the screen. In this Letter, we report on the first experimental evidence of such extraordinary transmission phenomena, via microwave (X/Ku-band) measurements on printed-circuit-board prototypes. Experimental results agree very well with full-wave numerical predictions, and indicate an intrinsic robustness of the enhanced transmission phenomena with respect to fabrication tolerances and experimental imperfections.

  11. Experimental evidence of cut-wire-induced enhanced transmission of transverse-electric fields through sub-wavelength slits in a thin metallic screen

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    Di Gennaro, Emiliano; Andreone, Antonello; Castaldi, Giuseppe; Galdi, Vincenzo

    2010-01-01

    Recent numerical studies have demonstrated the possibility of achieving substantial enhancements in the transmission of transverse-electric-polarized electromagnetic fields through subwavelength slits in a thin metallic screen by placing single or paired metallic cut-wire arrays at a close distance from the screen. In this Letter, we report on the first experimental evidence of such extraordinary transmission phenomena, via microwave (X/Ku-band) measurements on printed-circuit-board prototypes. Experimental results agree very well with full-wave numerical predictions, and indicate an intrinsic robustness of the enhanced transmission phenomena with respect to fabrication tolerances and experimental imperfections.

  12. Paired cut-wire arrays for enhanced transmission of transverse-electric fields through sub-wavelength slits in a thin metallic screen

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    Gallina, Ilaria; Galdi, Vincenzo; Di Gennaro, Emiliano; Andreone, Antonello

    2009-01-01

    It has recently been shown that the transmission of electromagnetic fields through sub-wavelength slits (parallel to the electric field direction) in a thin metallic screen can be greatly enhanced by covering one side of the screen with a cut-wire array laid on a dielectric layer. In this Letter, we show that a richer phenomenology (which involves both electric- and magnetic-type resonances) can be attained by pairing a second cut-wire array at the other side of the screen. Via a full-wave comprehensive parametric study, we illustrate the underlying mechanisms and explore the additional degrees of freedom endowed.

  13. Electrically tunable metasurface perfect absorbers for ultrathin mid-infrared optical modulators.

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    Yao, Yu; Shankar, Raji; Kats, Mikhail A; Song, Yi; Kong, Jing; Loncar, Marko; Capasso, Federico

    2014-11-12

    Dynamically reconfigurable metasurfaces open up unprecedented opportunities in applications such as high capacity communications, dynamic beam shaping, hyperspectral imaging, and adaptive optics. The realization of high performance metasurface-based devices remains a great challenge due to very limited tuning ranges and modulation depths. Here we show that a widely tunable metasurface composed of optical antennas on graphene can be incorporated into a subwavelength-thick optical cavity to create an electrically tunable perfect absorber. By switching the absorber in and out of the critical coupling condition via the gate voltage applied on graphene, a modulation depth of up to 100% can be achieved. In particular, we demonstrated ultrathin (thickness < λ0/10) high speed (up to 20 GHz) optical modulators over a broad wavelength range (5-7 μm). The operating wavelength can be scaled from the near-infrared to the terahertz by simply tailoring the metasurface and cavity dimensions. PMID:25310847

  14. Creating a zero-order resonator using an optical surface transformation

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    Sun, F; He, S

    2015-01-01

    A novel zero-order resonator has been designed by an optical surface transformation (OST) method. The resonator proposed here has many novel features. Firstly, the mode volume can be very small (e.g. in the subwavelength scale). Secondly, the resonator is open (no reflecting walls are utilized) and resonant effects can be found in a continuous spectrum (i.e. a continuum of eigenmodes). Thirdly, we only need one homogenous medium to realize the proposed resonator. The shape of the resonator can be a ring structure of arbitrary shape. In addition to the natural applications (e.g. optical storage) of an optical resonator, we also suggest some other applications of our novel optical open resonator (e.g. power combination, squeezing electromagnetic energy in the free space).

  15. Vertical optical ring resonators fully integrated with nanophotonic waveguides on silicon-on-insulator substrates

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    Madani, Abbas; Stolarek, David; Zimmermann, Lars; Ma, Libo; Schmidt, Oliver G

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate full integration of vertical optical ring resonators with silicon nanophotonic waveguides on silicon-on-insulator substrates to accomplish a significant step towards 3D photonic integration. The on-chip integration is realized by rolling up 2D differentially strained TiO2 nanomembranes into 3D microtube cavities on a nanophotonic microchip. The integration configuration allows for out of plane optical coupling between the in-plane nanowaveguides and the vertical microtube cavities as a compact and mechanically stable optical unit, which could enable refined vertical light transfer in 3D stacks of multiple photonic layers. In this vertical transmission scheme, resonant filtering of optical signals at telecommunication wavelengths is demonstrated based on subwavelength thick walled microcavities. Moreover, an array of microtube cavities is prepared and each microtube cavity is integrated with multiple waveguides which opens up interesting perspectives towards parallel and multi-routing through a ...

  16. Product piracy from nature: biomimetic microstructures and interfaces for high-performance optics

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    Brunner, Robert; Deparnay, Arnaud; Helgert, Michael; Burkhardt, Matthias; Lohmüller, Theobald; Spatz, Joachim P.

    2008-08-01

    Micro and nanostructured optical components are evolved over millions of years in nature and show a wide application range as microlens arrays, diffractive or subwavelength structures in manifold biological systems. In this contribution we discuss the advantages and challenges to transfer the concepts based on the nature models to increase the performance of high-end optical systems in applications such as beam shaping and imaging. Especially we discuss the application of sophisticated statistical microlens arrays and diffractive structures in different fields such as lithography, inspection or for medical instruments. Additionally we focus on anti-reflection coatings which are commonly used to suppress reflection of light from the surface of optical components in the visible range. We report an innovative approach for the fast and cost-efficient fabrication of highly UV transmissive, anti-reflective optical interfaces based on self assembled gold nanoparticles.

  17. Efficient broad- and tunable-bandwidth optical extinction via aspect-ratio-tailored silver nanodisks

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    Anquillare, Emma L; Hsu, Chia Wei; DeLacy, Brendan G; Joannopoulos, John D; Soljacic, Marin

    2015-01-01

    Sub-wavelength resonators typically exhibit a narrow-bandwidth response to optical excitations. We computationally design and experimentally synthesize tailored distributions of silver nanodisks to extinguish light over broad, tunable frequency windows. We show that metallic nanodisks are two- to twenty-times more efficient in absorbing and scattering light than common structures. Per-volume efficiency increases away from the plasma frequency of the underlying metal. We measure broadband extinction per volume that closely approaches theoretical predictions over three representative visible-range wavelength windows, confirming the high efficiency of nanodisks and demonstrating the collective power of computational design and experimental precision for developing new photonics technologies.

  18. All-optical active switching in individual semiconductor nanowires

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    Piccione, Brian; Cho, Chang-Hee; van Vugt, Lambert K.; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2012-10-01

    The imminent limitations of electronic integrated circuits are stimulating intense activity in the area of nanophotonics for the development of on-chip optical components, and solutions incorporating direct-bandgap semiconductors are important in achieving this end. Optical processing of data at the nanometre scale is promising for circumventing these limitations, but requires the development of a toolbox of components including emitters, detectors, modulators, waveguides and switches. In comparison to components fabricated using top-down methods, semiconductor nanowires offer superior surface properties and stronger optical confinement. They are therefore ideal candidates for nanoscale optical network components, as well as model systems for understanding optical confinement. Here, we demonstrate all-optical switching in individual CdS nanowire cavities with subwavelength dimensions through stimulated polariton scattering, as well as a functional NAND gate built from multiple switches. The device design exploits the strong light-matter coupling present in these nanowires, leading to footprints that are a fraction of those of comparable silicon-based dielectric contrast and photonic crystal devices.

  19. Unveiling the optical properties of a metamaterial synthesized by electron-beam-induced deposition.

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    Woźniak, P; Höflich, K; Brönstrup, G; Banzer, P; Christiansen, S; Leuchs, G

    2016-01-15

    Direct writing using a focused electron beam allows for fabricating truly three-dimensional structures of sub-wavelength dimensions in the visible spectral regime. The resulting sophisticated geometries are perfectly suited for studying light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. Their overall optical response will strongly depend not only on geometry but also on the optical properties of the deposited material. In the case of the typically used metal-organic precursors, the deposits show a substructure of metallic nanocrystals embedded in a carbonaceous matrix. Since gold-containing precursor media are especially interesting for optical applications, we experimentally determine the effective permittivity of such an effective material. Our experiment is based on spectroscopic measurements of planar deposits. The retrieved permittivity shows a systematic dependence on the gold particle density and cannot be sufficiently described using the common Maxwell-Garnett approach for effective medium. PMID:26629782

  20. Unveiling the optical properties of a metamaterial synthesized by electron-beam-induced deposition

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    Woźniak, Paweł; Brönstrup, Gerald; Banyer, Peter; Christiansen, Silke; Leuchs, Gerd

    2015-01-01

    The direct writing using a focused electron beam allows for fabricating truly three-dimensional structures of sub-wavelength dimensions in the visible spectral regime. The resulting sophisticated geometries are perfectly suited for studying light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. Their overall optical response will strongly depend not only on geometry but also on the optical properties of the deposited material. In case of the typically used metal-organic precursors, the deposits show a substructure of metallic nanocrystals embedded in a carbonaceous matrix. Since gold-containing precursor media are especially interesting for optical applications, we experimentally determine the effective permittivity of such an effective material. Our experiment is based on spectroscopic measurements of planar deposits. The retrieved permittivity shows a systematic dependence on the gold particle density and cannot be sufficiently described using the common Maxwell-Garnett approach for effective medium.