Studying light propagation in self-assembled hybrid photonic-plasmonic crystals by fourier microscopy

Langmuir. 2012 Jun 19;28(24):9174-9. doi: 10.1021/la300448y. Epub 2012 Apr 10.


Hybrid metallodielectric systems where dielectric components are combined with metals supporting surface plasmons are able to spatially redistribute the electromagnetic field intensity within its volume through hybrid photonic-plasmonic modes. While most of the work done recently in this kind of systems has been focused on the way such redistribution takes place and how light couples to or is emitted from such samples, the way light propagation takes place has not been studied in depth. Here we consider light propagation in hybrid systems fabricated by self-assembly methods measuring their equifrequency surfaces both in reflection and emission configurations. Comparing spectroscopic measurements with equifrequency surfaces provides a deeper insight into the way light propagates in these structures, showing the possibilities they may present for several applications.