Plasmonic concentrator of magnetic field of light

Wróbel P., Antosiewicz T.J, Stefaniuk T., and Szoplik T.

Journal of Applied Physics

112 (7), 2012, art. 074304, 10.1063/1.4757033

We propose an efficient concentrator of the magnetic component of evanescent field of light for measuring magnetic responses of nanostructures. It is in the form of a tapered fiber probe, which in its final part has corrugations along the angular dimension and is coated with metal except for the aperture at the tip. Internal, azimuthally polarized illumination is concentrated into a subwavelength spot with a strong longitudinal magnetic component Hz. Within the visual range of wavelengths 400–700 nm, the energy density of Hz is up to 50 times larger than that of the azimuthal electric Eϕ one. This dominant Hz
contribution may be used for magnetic excitation of elementary cells of metamaterials with a single probe guiding a wide spectrum of generated plasmons.