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Short-range plasmon guides, resonators and antennas imaged by non-linear photoemission electron microscopy

Authors
  • Douillard, Ludovic
  • Fiorini, Céline
  • Charra, Fabrice
  • Adam, Pierre-Michel
  • Bachelot, Renaud
  • Kochtcheev, Serguei
  • Lerondel, Gilles
  • Royer, Pascal
Publication Date
Dec 10, 2009
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1109/ICTONMW.2009.5385565
OAI: oai:HAL:hal-02448416v1
Source
HAL-SHS
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Language
English
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Abstract

The exploitation of plasmonic local field enhancements to promote the local interactions between matter and optical fields motivates numerous researches. The objectives are to understand the mechanisms of plasmon-mediated interactions, and to realize molecularly- or atomically-precise nano-structures favouring such phenomena. We have developed a local-probe-free experiment (M-PEEM [1]) to map the electromagnetic field at the nanoscale close to metal structures. The analysis of the optical response of various metal nano-objects shows evidences of the excitation of so-called “short-range” propagative modes, strongly coupled to a metal nano-wire and highly localized around it at subwavelength scales.[2] After a detailed study of the characteristics of these modes, we have been able to design specific metal nano-objects exhibiting diverse functions such as antenna and local field enhancements. These model systems also gave new insights in the enhanced molecule-field interactions observed in the insulating gap of a scanning tunneling microscope [3-7]

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