Near-field, broadband optical spectroscopy of metamaterials

Reuben Bakker, Purdue University - Main Campus
V. P. Drachev, Birck Nanotechnology Center, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Hsiao-Kuan Yuan, Purdue University - Main Campus
V. M. Shalaev, Birck Nanotechnology Center and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Date of this Version

May 2007

Citation

Physica B 394 (2007) 137–140

This document has been peer-reviewed.

 

Abstract

Near-field, broadband optical spectroscopy of metamaterials is reported. A compact, easy to assemble supercontinuum light source, coupled with a near-field scanning optical microscope and spectrometer provide the means to locally probe the spectral response of a nanorod metamaterial sample. Spectral maps of near-field transmittance are obtained for the spectral range from 500 to 950 nm. In comparison to far-field measurement, the average of the near-field mappings shows a significant increase in transmittance. The uniqueness of the spectral maps and the increased transmittance indicates a strong nanoantenna effect between the sample and the plasmonic near-field aperture.

 

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