Monday, March 14, 2011
Trapping a rainbow: Researchers slow broadband light waves with nanoplasmonic structures
Trapping a rainbow: Researchers slow broadband light waves with nanoplasmonic structures: The idea that a rainbow of broadband light could be slowed down or stopped using plasmonic structures has only recently been predicted in theoretical studies of metamaterials. The Lehigh experiment employed focused ion beams to mill a series of increasingly deeper, nanosized grooves into a thin sheet of silver. By focusing light along this plasmonic structure, this series of grooves or nano-gratings slowed each wavelength of optical light, essentially capturing each individual color of the visible spectrum at different points along the grating.
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