Research ArticlePLASMONICS

Asymmetric excitation of surface plasmons by dark mode coupling

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Science Advances  19 Feb 2016:
Vol. 2, no. 2, e1501142
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501142

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Control over surface plasmons (SPs) is essential in a variety of cutting-edge applications, such as highly integrated photonic signal processing systems, deep-subwavelength lasing, high-resolution imaging, and ultrasensitive biomedical detection. Recently, asymmetric excitation of SPs has attracted enormous interest. In free space, the analog of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in metamaterials has been widely investigated to uniquely manipulate the electromagnetic waves. In the near field, we show that the dark mode coupling mechanism of the classical EIT effect enables an exotic and straightforward excitation of SPs in a metasurface system. This leads to not only resonant excitation of asymmetric SPs but also controllable exotic SP focusing by the use of the Huygens-Fresnel principle. Our experimental findings manifest the potential of developing plasmonic metadevices with unique functionalities.

  • Surface plasmons
  • asymmetric excitation
  • dark mode
  • coupling
  • near field
  • terahertz

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