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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2007 Jan;75(1 Pt 2):016612. Epub 2007 Jan 24.

Surface quality and surface waves on subwavelength-structured silver films.

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  • 1IRSAMC/LCAR, Universit√© Paul Sabatier, 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse, France.

Abstract

We analyze the physical-chemical surface properties of single-slit, single-groove subwavelength-structured silver films with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and calculate exact solutions to Maxwell's equations corresponding to recent far-field interferometry experiments using these structures. Contrary to a recent suggestion the surface analysis shows that the silver films are free of detectable contaminants. The finite-difference time-domain calculations, in excellent agreement with experiment, show a rapid fringe amplitude decrease in the near zone (slit-groove distance out to 3-4 wavelengths). Extrapolation to slit-groove distances beyond the near zone shows that the surface wave evolves to the expected bound surface plasmon polariton (SPP). Fourier analysis of these results indicates the presence of a distribution of transient, evanescent modes around the SPP that dephase and dissipate as the surface wave evolves from the near to the far zone.

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