Perfect coupling of light to surface plasmons by coherent absorption
Stone, A. Douglas
Date of Issue2012
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
We show theoretically that coherent light can be completely absorbed and transferred to surface plasmons in a two- or three-dimensional metallic nanostructure by exciting it with the time-reversed mode of the corresponding surface plasmon laser (“spaser”). The narrow-band perfect absorption is a generalization and application of the concept of critical coupling to a nanocavity with surface plasmon resonances. Perfect coupling of light to nanostructures has potential applications to nanoscale probing as well as background-free spectroscopy and ultrasensitive detection or sensing.
DRNTU::Science::Physics::Optics and light
Physical review letters
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