, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 204-210

Observation of Resonant Photon Tunneling in Photonic Double Barrier Structures

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Abstract

Reflectance and transmittance of 632.8 nm He-Ne laser light for photonic double barrier structures (consisting of a SF10 prism, SiO2 layer, Al or Al2O3 active layer, SiO2 layer and SF10 prism) were measured as a function of the angle of incidence for both the ρ- and s-polarized incidence. Sharp reflection dips and transmission peaks were observed at angles larger than the critical angle of total reflection. The appearance of the transmission peaks can be attributed to resonant photon tunneling through the photonic double barrier structures analogous to resonant electron tunneling through double potential barrier structures. Resonant tunneling is mediated by the long-range surface plasmon polariton in the case of the Al active layer and the electromagnetic guided modes in the case of the Al2O3 layer.

This paper was originally presented at the seventh Meeting on Near Field Optics, which was held on July 1, 1998 at Nagoya University, Nagoya, organized by Research Group on Near Field Optics, the Optical Society of Japan, an affiliate of Japan Society of Applied Physics. The authors have won the Near Field Optics Award for their best presentation at the meeting.