Optical control over surface-plasmon-polariton-assisted THz transmission through a slit aperture.

  title={Optical control over surface-plasmon-polariton-assisted THz transmission through a slit aperture.},
  author={Erica Hendry and Francisco J Garc{\'i}a-Vidal and Luis Martin-Moreno and Jaime G{\'o}mez Rivas and Mischa Bonn and Alastair P Hibbins and Matthew J. Lockyear},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={100 12},
We demonstrate optical control over the transmission of terahertz (THz) radiation through a single subwavelength slit in an otherwise opaque silicon wafer. The addition of periodic corrugation on each side of the wafer allows coupling to surface plasmon polaritons, so that light not impinging directly on the slit can contribute to the transmission. A significant enhancement of the THz transmission can be achieved through control of the surface wave propagation length by excitation at optical… CONTINUE READING
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