, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 253-260
Date: 17 Nov 2011

Surface Plasmon Polariton Emission Prompted by Organic Nanofibers on Thin Gold Films

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The excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) at a gold–vacuum interface by femtosecond light pulses mediated by organic nanofiber-induced dielectric perturbations is observed using interferometric time-resolved photoemission electron microscopy. The experimental data are quantitatively reproduced by analytic simulations, where the nanofibers are considered as superior source of the SPP emission. The flexibility and tuneability of phenylene-based nanofibers in their morphology and intrinsic optical properties open up future applications to fabricate custom-designed nanoscale sources of SPP.