Confined optical fields in nanovoid chain structures directly visualized by near-field optical imaging

Su Il Kim, Kohei Imura, Sehun Kim, Hiromi Okamoto

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    Linearly aligned nanovoid chain structures on Au thin films were fabricated on glass substrates. Two-photon excitation imaging techniques using an aperture-type near-field scanning optical microscope revealed localized optical field distributions due to the individual structures. Confined optical fields due to the void chains were observed at each interstitial gap between voids with excitation polarization parallel to the chain axis. Electromagnetic field simulations of dimeric voids qualitatively matched the experimental results. Under excitation polarization perpendicular to the chain axis, only weak optical fields were observed. Further detailed characteristics of localized optical fields in these systems, including those in relation to Babinet's principle in optics, were discussed. Our study may open up new possibilities in molecular sensing and photochemistry.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1548-1555
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 10


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Energy(all)

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