Plasmon Optics of Structured Silver Films

Originally published in Physical Review B. in 2001, this article details how Excitation and propagation of surface plasmons in silver films structured with narrow straight grooves were visualized with unprecedented detail by way of near-field optical techniques.

Authors Thomas Huser, A. Bouhelier,  H. Tamaru, et al., of the Bielefeld University demonstrated reflectivity, transmissivity, and scattering loss of the grooves, showing that their values are determined semiquantitatively, finding that the surface plasmon attenuation is dominated by material and surface/interface imperfections.

The article can be found online at Publications at Bielefeld University.