Optical near-fields of triangular nanostructures

J. Boneberg*, J. König-Birk, H. J. Münzer, P. Leiderer, K. L. Shuford, G. C. Schatz

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We compare simulations of optical near-fields of single triangular nanostructures with experimental results from a near-field ablation technique on a periodic arrangement of triangles. We find good agreement of the lateral near-field distributions; nevertheless their dependency on the polarization of the incident light differs by 90°. Upon increasing the lateral distances of the nanotriangle arrangement in the experiment, the polarization dependence agrees with the simulation. We conclude that this at first sight unexpected behaviour stems from the coupling of near-fields by scattered surface waves and their interaction with the incoming beam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-303
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science


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