Vector field microscopic imaging of light

K. G. Lee, H. W. Kihm, J. E. Kihm, W. J. Choi, H. Kim, C. Ropers, D. J. Park, Y. C. Yoon, S. B. Choi, D. H. Woo, J. Kim, B. Lee, Q Han Park, C. Lienau, D. S. Kim

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Abstract

The behaviour of nanoscale optical devices in a variety of burgeoning research areas, such as photonic crystals, near-field microscopy, surface plasmonics and negative index of refraction materials, is governed by strongly localized electromagnetic waves. Although such light waves are analogous to the localized electronic wavefunctions that determine the properties of solid-state quantum devices, unlike matter waves, these optical fields are vectorial in nature, and their orientation and magnitude vary on a subwavelength scale. In order to obtain a complete description of light in nanoscale devices, it is therefore crucial to be able to map the field vectors with subwavelength resolution. Thus far, local field vectors have mostly been studied by theoretical means. Here, we describe and demonstrate the first experimental mapping of vector fields of light on the nanoscale. By directly accessing the local field in its entirety, new capabilities and applications in nanophotonics may emerge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-56
Number of pages4
JournalNature Photonics
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 1

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Imaging techniques
Nanophotonics
Wave functions
Optical devices
Photonic crystals
Refraction
Electromagnetic waves
refraction
near fields
electromagnetic radiation
Microscopic examination
photonics
microscopy
solid state
electronics
crystals

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Lee, K. G., Kihm, H. W., Kihm, J. E., Choi, W. J., Kim, H., Ropers, C., ... Kim, D. S. (2007). Vector field microscopic imaging of light. Nature Photonics, 1(1), 53-56. https://doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2006.37

Vector field microscopic imaging of light. / Lee, K. G.; Kihm, H. W.; Kihm, J. E.; Choi, W. J.; Kim, H.; Ropers, C.; Park, D. J.; Yoon, Y. C.; Choi, S. B.; Woo, D. H.; Kim, J.; Lee, B.; Park, Q Han; Lienau, C.; Kim, D. S.

In: Nature Photonics, Vol. 1, No. 1, 01.01.2007, p. 53-56.

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Lee, KG, Kihm, HW, Kihm, JE, Choi, WJ, Kim, H, Ropers, C, Park, DJ, Yoon, YC, Choi, SB, Woo, DH, Kim, J, Lee, B, Park, QH, Lienau, C & Kim, DS 2007, 'Vector field microscopic imaging of light', Nature Photonics, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 53-56. https://doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2006.37
Lee KG, Kihm HW, Kihm JE, Choi WJ, Kim H, Ropers C et al. Vector field microscopic imaging of light. Nature Photonics. 2007 Jan 1;1(1):53-56. https://doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2006.37
Lee, K. G. ; Kihm, H. W. ; Kihm, J. E. ; Choi, W. J. ; Kim, H. ; Ropers, C. ; Park, D. J. ; Yoon, Y. C. ; Choi, S. B. ; Woo, D. H. ; Kim, J. ; Lee, B. ; Park, Q Han ; Lienau, C. ; Kim, D. S. / Vector field microscopic imaging of light. In: Nature Photonics. 2007 ; Vol. 1, No. 1. pp. 53-56.
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