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Nearfield Beam Shaping Through Tuning Diffraction Coupling Angles

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In this paper, nearfield focusing using depth-tuned grooves in a thin metal film is studied. With numerical simulations, we show that the focusing effect can be improved using an aperiodic structure by tuning the position and the depth of the grooves. A physical interpretation of this result is provided by considering the coupling angle between a plane wave and the surface mode supported by a periodic groove array. It is suggested that nearfield focusing or beam shaping can be achieved by bending the wave towards a spot using the coupling angles. We succeeded in designing a nanolens with an aperiodic structure to gain a long depth of focus of 280 nm with a uniform focus width.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2010-06-01

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