Strongly enhanced molecular fluorescence with ultra-thin optical magnetic mirror metasurfaces

Jian Qin, Ding Zhao, Si Luo, Wei Wang, Jun Lu, Min Qiu, Qiang Li

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As a kind of two-dimensional metamaterial, metasurfaces can modify the amplitude, phase, and polarization of the transmitted or reflected electromagnetic wave, and thereby can be used for enhancing the light–matter interactions. Based on this notion, an optical magnetic mirror metasurface featuring periodic nanoscale grooves is designed to confine the strong electric field near the metal surface by magnetic responses. As a result, fluorescence from an ultra-thin layer of fluorescent polymer blend (∼15  nm) on the mirror surface can be strongly enhanced (by 45-fold in experiment). The fluorescence emission can be controlled by the polarization of excitation light since the responses of the magnetic mirror are polarization sensitive. This kind of magnetic mirror metasurface is potentially useful in biological monitors, optical sources, and chemical sensors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number21
Pages (from-to)4478-4481
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


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