, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 369–374 | Cite as

Plasmon-Assisted Optical Curtains

  • Yanxia Cui
  • Jun Xu
  • Sailing He
  • Nicholas X. FangEmail author


We predict an optical curtain effect, i.e., formation of a spatially invariant light field as light emerges from a set of periodic metallic nano-objects. The underlying physical mechanism of generation of this unique optical curtain can be explained in both the spatial domain and the wave-vector domain. In particular, in each period, we use one metallic nanostrip to equate the amplitudes of lights impinging on the openings of two metallic nanoslits and also shift their phases by π difference. We elaborate the influence on the output effect from some geometrical parameters like the periodicity, the slit height, and so on. By controlling the light illuminated on metallic subwavelength apertures, it is practical to generate optical curtains of arbitrary forms, which may open new routes of plasmonic nanolithography.


Surface plasmons Subwavelength apertures Nanolithography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yanxia Cui
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jun Xu
    • 1
  • Sailing He
    • 2
  • Nicholas X. Fang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and TechnologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Optical and Electromagnetic Research and Joint Research Centre of Photonics of the Royal Institute of Technology, (Sweden) and Zhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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