In this work, the two-dimensional profile of the light transmission through a prism-like metallic film sample of Au was measured at a wavelength of 632.8 nm in the visible intraband transition region to verify that, beyond the possible mechanisms of overcoming the diffraction limit, a strongly nonuniform optical absorption path length of the light traveling in the metal could induce a lensing effect, thereby narrowing the image of an object. A set of prism-like Au samples with different angles was prepared and experimentally investigated. Due to the nonuniform paths of the light traveling in the Au samples, lens-effect-like phenomena were clearly observed that reduced the imaged size of the beam spot with decreasing light intensity. The experimental measurements presented in the work may provide new insight to better understand the light propagation behavior at a metal/dielectric interface.
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