Nearly zero transmission through periodically modulated ultrathin metal films

Sanshui Xiao, Jingjing Zhang, Liang Peng, Claus Jeppesen, Radu Malureanu, Anders Kristensen, Asger Mortensen

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Transmission of light through an optically ultrathin metal film with a thickness comparable to its skin depth is significant. We demonstrate experimentally nearly-zero transmission of light through a film periodically modulated by a one-dimensional array of subwavelength slits. The suppressed optical transmission is due to the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons and the zero-transmission phenomenon is strongly dependent on the polarization of the incident wave.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Surface plasmons
  • Optical films
  • Light polarisation
  • Polaritons
  • Metallic thin films
  • Optical arrays
  • Light transmission


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