Metal-coated concave cone in fused-silica rod as a multi-function plasmonic element
Posted on 2023-01-25 - 14:30
A collimated light beam parallel to the axis of a fused-quartz cylinder impinging on a 90° apex angle concave cone cut in a quartz rod is transformed into a cylindrical wave by total internal reflection. A thin metal film at the quartz-air interface enables the excitation of the plasmon mode at the air side that can polarize the cylindrical wave or/and monitor physical, chemical or biological quantities or events at the inner wall of the cone. The present paper first analyses the plasmon coupling mechanism and conditions. It then describes the diamond-grinding technique achieving a smooth cone wall and the finest possible tip. The experimental evidence of the plasmonic polarization of a circularly polarized incident beam is brought on a diamond-grinded section of fused-silica rod and gold coating of the concave wall.
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VERRIER, Isabelle; Veillas, Colette; Michalon, Jean-Yves; Parriaux, Olivier; Henkel, Sebastian; Schulze, Christian; et al. (2023). Metal-coated concave cone in fused-silica rod as a multi-function plasmonic element. Optica Publishing Group. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.6309252.v3
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