We present experimental and theoretical studies of two dimensional periodic arrays of elliptical plasmonic patch nanoantennas. Experimental and simulation results demonstrate that the azimuthal symmetry breaking of the metal patches leads to the occurrence of even and odd resonant cavity modes and the excitation geometries dependent on their modal symmetries. We show that the cavity modes can be described by the product of radial and angular Mathieu functions with excellent agreements with both simulations and experiments. The effects of the patch periodicity on the excitation of the surface plasmon and its coupling with the cavity modes are also discussed. (C) 2012 Optical Society of America
Generation of Radially and Azimuthally Polarized Light by Optical Transmission Through Concentric Circular Nanoslits in Ag Films01/04/2010
Optical transmission through concentric circular nanoslits is studied in experiments and numerical simulations. Polarized optical microscopic imaging shows that the optical transmission through these apertures is spatially inhomogeneous, exhibiting colored fan texture patterns. Numerical simulations show that these colored fan texture patterns originate from the cylindrical vector polarization of the transmitted beam. Specifically, the transmitted light is in-phase radially polarized at long wavelengths due to the predominant transmission of the transverse magnetic (TM) waveguide modes; and in-phase azimuthally polarized at short wavelengths due to the increased optical transmission of the transverse electric (TE) waveguide modes. Additionally, the transmission shows a peak at the wavelength of Wood anomaly and a dip at the resonant wavelength of surface plasmon excitation; and the transmitted light at these wavelengths is a mixture of azimuthally and radially polarized fields. These interesting optical transmission behaviors of circular nanoslits provide a miniaturized way to generating radially and azimuthally polarized light.