Quenched transmission of light through ultrathin metal films

Sanshui Xiao (Invited author), N. Asger Mortensen (Invited author)

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We discuss optical properties of ultrathin metal films, with particular attention to the phenomenon of quenched transmission. Transmission of light through an optically ultrathin metal film with a thickness comparable to its skin depth is significant. We demonstrate the quenched transmission through the ultrathin metal films when they are periodically modulated. We also discuss the physics behind it and explain how this abnormal phenomenon is ascribed to surface plasmon resonance effects.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Pages (from-to)81040B
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventNanostructured Thin Films - San Diego, California, USA
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …
Conference number: 4


ConferenceNanostructured Thin Films
CitySan Diego, California, USA
Period01/01/2011 → …

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  • Optics at surfaces


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