Manipulation of near field polarization by far field excitation

Shiuan-Yeh Chen, Anne A. Lazarides

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Metal nanoparticle assemblies of designed structure are investigated as substrates for polarization manipulation in the near field region. Gold nanoparticles are known for their optical response due to the excitation of surface plasmons. Surface plasmons in coupled particles can strongly modulate light either in the far or near field region. The most common near field application of coupled particles is as field enhancing substrates for amplifying signals of molecules, for example, Raman signals, IR signals or fluorescence signals. However, the capabilities of metal nanoparticle assemblies can be extended beyond field amplification. Groups of particles can function as small antennas which convert far field excitation into localized fields with specific polarization. Through simulations we demonstrate that the near field polarization can be partially controlled through suitable design of nanoparticle configuration. The benefit of this configuration is that no probe excitation or other localized excitation is needed. The far field signal is converted into specific spots with designed polarization, which is not necessarily the same as excitation. Polarization is manipulated through the coupling of different surface plasmon modes. This polarization modulation extends down to the few nanometer scale and may provide us more control of interaction of light with nano-scale emitters or molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrated Optics
Subtitle of host publicationDevices, Materials, and Technologies XIV
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May 6
EventIntegrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XIV - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 2010 Jan 252010 Jan 27

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherIntegrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XIV
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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