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Opt Express. 2005 Sep 5;13(18):6980-9.

Light transmission through a high index dielectric-filled sub-wavelength hole in a metal film.


We investigate transmission of a normally incident, linearly polarized plane wave through a circular sub-wavelength hole in a metal film filled by a high index dielectric medium. We demonstrate for the first time that the trans-mission efficiency of such holes exhibits a Fabry-Pérot like behaviour versus thickness of the metal film, similar to that exhibited by sub-wavelength slits in metal films illuminated by TM-polarized plane waves. We show that by reducing the imaginary part of the propagation constant of the hybrid HE11 mode and by fortifying the Fabry-Pérot resonance, the high index dielectric filling can greatly enhance light transmission through a circular sub-wavelength hole.

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