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Amplification of Resonant Field Enhancement by Plasmonic Lattice Coupling in Metallic Slit Arrays

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Journal Article - Open Access

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DTU Fotonik - Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark Kongens Lyngby Denmark

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Nonlinear spectroscopic investigation in the terahertz THz range requires significant field strength of the light fields. It is still a challenge to obtain the required field strengths in free space from table top laser systems at sufficiently high repetition rates to enable quantitative nonlinear spectroscopy. It is well known that local enhancement of the THz field can be obtained for instance in narrow apertures in metallic films. Here we show by simulation, analytical modelling and experiment that the achievable field enhancement in a two-dimensional array of slits with micrometer dimensions in a metallic film can be increased by at least 60 compared to the enhancement in an isolated slit. The additional enhancement is obtained by optimized plasmonic coupling between the lattice modes and the resonance of the individual slits. Our results indicate a viable route to sensitive schemes for THz spectroscopy with slit arrays manufactured by standard UV photolithography, with local field strengths in the multi-ten-MVcm range at kHz repetition rates, and tens of kVcm at oscillator repetition rates.

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  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

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