Surface-plasmon vortices in nanostructured metallic films
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Light scattering by a small protrusion on a metal surface is analyzed within the framework of perturbation theory. Upon normal incidence of a linearly polarized monochromatic wave, slight deviations of the protrusion’s shape from a circularly symmetric one lead to the formation of optical vortices in the near-field region due to resonant excitation of circular surface plasmons. This agrees with the results of scanning near-field optical microscopy experiments revealing distinct spiral patterns in the in-plane near-field intensity distribution for metallized nanostructured polymer substrates.
PACS numbers74.50.+r 74.80.Fp
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