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Directional light beams by design from electrically driven elliptical slit antennas

Shuiyan Cao 1 Eric Le Moal 1, * Quanbo Jiang 2 Aurélien Drezet 2 Serge Huant 2 Jean-Paul Hugonin 3 Gérald Dujardin 1 Elizabeth Boer-Duchemin 1
* Corresponding author
1 Nanophysique et Surfaces
ISMO - Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d'Orsay
2 NOF - Nano-Optique et Forces
NEEL - Institut Néel
3 Laboratoire Charles Fabry / Naphel
LCF - Laboratoire Charles Fabry
Abstract : We report on the low-energy, electrical generation of light beams in specific directions from planar elliptical microstructures. The emission direction of the beam is determined by the microstructure eccentricity. A very simple, broadband, optical antenna design is used, which consists of a single elliptical slit etched into a gold film. The light beam source is driven by an electrical nanosource of surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) that is located at one focus of the ellipse. In this study, SPPs are generated through inelastic electron tunneling between a gold surface and the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope.
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Shuiyan Cao, Eric Le Moal, Quanbo Jiang, Aurélien Drezet, Serge Huant, et al.. Directional light beams by design from electrically driven elliptical slit antennas. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology., 2018, 9, pp.2361-2371. ⟨10.3762/bjnano.9.221⟩. ⟨hal-01867063⟩



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