Physics of the Solid State

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 804–809 | Cite as

Role of surface plasmon polaritons in anomalous transmission of an electromagnetic wave through two arrays with subwavelength slits

  • V. E. BabichevaEmail author
  • Yu. E. Lozovik
Optical Properties


The anomalously large transmission of an electromagnetic wave through structures consisting of two periodic arrays of subwavelength slits in films has been investigated. The conditions ensuring zero transmittance of this system have been determined. The role of surface plasmon polaritons in transmission anomalies has been analyzed. An analysis of the systems consisting of three arrays of slits has revealed specific features of the transmittance that are independent of the number of slits. It has been demonstrated that, at a wavelength corresponding to the excitation of a surface plasmon polariton in the gap between two periodic arrays of subwavelength slits, the transmittance is zero (i.e., transmission is suppressed). The investigation has been carried out using numerical simulations with the Fourier modal method.


Slit Width Surface Plasmon Polaritons Transverse Displacement Transmittance Peak Periodic Array 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University)Dolgoprudnyi, Moscow regionRussia
  2. 2.Institute for SpectroscopyRussian Academy of SciencesTroitsk, Moscow regionRussia

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