Observation of optical spin symmetry breaking in nanoapertures

Yuri Gorodetski, Nir Shitrit, Itay Bretner, Vladimir Kleiner, Erez Hasman

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Observation of a spin symmetry breaking effect in plasmonic nanoscale structures due to spin-orbit interaction is presented. We demonstrate a nanoplasmonic structure which exhibits a crucial role of an angular momentum (AM) selection rule in a light-surface plasmon scattering process. In our experiment, the intrinsic AM (spin) of the incident radiation is coupled to the extrinsic momentum (orbital AM) of the surface plasmons via spin-orbit interaction. Due to this effect, we achieved a spin-controlled enhanced transmission through a coaxial nanoaperture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3016-3019
Number of pages4
JournalNano Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - 12 Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry (all)
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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