Studies of plasmonic hot-spot translation by a metal-dielectric layered superlens

Mark D. Thoreson, Rasmus Bundgaard Nielsen, Paul R. West, Arian Kriesch, Zhengtong Liu, Jieran Fang, Alexander V. Kildishev, Ulf Peschel, Vladimir M. Shalaev, Alexandra Boltasseva

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    We have studied the ability of a lamellar near-field superlens to transfer an enhanced electromagnetic field to the far side of the lens. In this work, we have experimentally and numerically investigated superlensing in the visible range. By using the resonant hot-spot field enhancements from optical nanoantennas as sources, we investigated the translation of these sources to the far side of a layered silver-silica superlens operating in the canalization regime. Using near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM), we have observed evidence of superlens-enabled enhanced-field translation at a wavelength of about 680 nm. Specifically, we discuss our recent experimental and simulation results on the translation of hot spots using a silver-silica layered superlens design. We compare the experimental results with our numerical simulations and discuss the perspectives and limitations of our approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    Pages (from-to)80931J
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    • Finite-difference time-domain simulations
    • Canalization
    • Superlens
    • Near-field scanning optical microscopy
    • Silver
    • Silicon dioxide


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