Spinoptics: Spin degeneracy removal in nanostructures

Vladimir Kleiner, Nir Shitrit, Erez Hasman

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Spin-symmetry breaking in nanoscale structures caused by spin-orbit interaction, leading to a new branch in optics - spinoptics is presented. The spin-based effects offer an unprecedented ability to control light and its polarization state in nanometer-scale optical devices, thereby facilitating a variety of applications related to nano-photonics. The direct observation of optical spin-Hall effect that appears when a wave carrying spin angular momentum (AM) interacts with plasmonic nanostructures is introduced. A plasmonic nanostructure exhibits a crucial role of an AM selection rule in a light-surface plasmon scattering process. A spin-dependent dispersion splitting was obtained in a structure consisting of a coupled thermal antenna array. The observed effects inspire one to investigate other spin-based plasmonic effects and to propose a new generation of optical elements for nano-photonic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures II
StatePublished - 4 May 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventPhotonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures II - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 23 Jan 201226 Jan 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferencePhotonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • geometric phase
  • nanoaperture
  • optical spin-Hall effect
  • plasmon-polariton
  • spin-orbit interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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