Light transmission through a single subwavelength aperture in a silver film is examined with a novel input configuration comprising an annular laser beam of variable diameter that is prism-coupled to the back face of the silver. Transmission peaks driven by excitation of the back-face surface plasmon mode or by the aperture resonance itself are separately observed. For both cases, comparison of films with and without a front-face, circular grating implies significantly more efficient coupling from the aperture fields to the front-face surface plasmon than directly to free radiation. (c) 2007 Optical Society of America.
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Dec 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics