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Nano Lett. 2012 Dec 12;12(12):6187-91. doi: 10.1021/nl303029s. Epub 2012 Nov 8.

Contrast between surface plasmon polariton-mediated extraordinary optical transmission behavior in epitaxial and polycrystalline Ag films in the mid- and far-infrared regimes.

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Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics and Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China.


In this Letter we report a comparative study, in the infrared regime, of surface plasmon polariton (SPP) propagation in epitaxially grown Ag films and in polycrystalline Ag films, all grown on Si substrates. Plasmonic resonance features are analyzed using extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) measurements, and SPP band structures for the two dielectric/metal interfaces are investigated for both types of film. At the Si/Ag interface, EOT spectra show almost identical features for epitaxial and polycrystalline Ag films and are characterized by sharp Fano resonances. On the contrary, at the air/Ag interface, dramatic differences are observed: while the epitaxial film continues to exhibit sharp Fano resonances, the polycrystalline film shows only broad spectral features and much lower transmission intensities. In corroboration with theoretical simulations, we find that surface roughness plays a critical role in SPP propagation for this wavelength range.


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