Experimental verification of the rainbow trapping effect in adiabatic plasmonic gratings

Qiaoqiang Gan, Yongkang Gao, Kyle Wagner, Dmitri Vezenov, Yujie J. Ding, Filbert J. Bartoli

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We report the experimental observation of a trapped rainbow in adiabatically graded metallic gratings, designed to validate theoretical predictions for this unique plasmonic structure. One-dimensional graded nanogratings were fabricated and their surface dispersion properties tailored by varying the grating groove depth, whose dimensions were confirmed by atomic force microscopy. Tunable plasmonic bandgaps were observed experimentally, and direct optical measurements on graded grating tructures show that light of different wavelengths in the 500-700-nm region is "trapped" at different positions along the grating, consistent with computer simulations, thus verifying the "rainbow" trapping effect.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5169-5173
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number13
StatePublished - Mar 29 2011
Externally publishedYes

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