Spectrally and spatially resolved smith-purcell radiation in plasmonic crystals with short-range disorder

I. Kaminer, S. E. Kooi, R. Shiloh, B. Zhen, Y. Shen, J. J. López, R. Remez, S. A. Skirlo, Y. Yang, J. D. Joannopoulos, A. Arie, M. Soljacic

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Abstract

Electrons interacting with plasmonic structures can give rise to resonant excitations in localized plasmonic cavities and to collective excitations in periodic structures. We investigate the presence of resonant features and disorder in the conventional Smith-Purcell effect (electrons interacting with periodic structures) and observe the simultaneous excitation of both the plasmonic resonances and the collective excitations. For this purpose, we introduce a new scanning-electron-microscope-based setup that allows us to probe and directly image new features of electron-photon interactions in nanophotonic structures like plasmonic crystals with strong disorder. Our work creates new possibilities for probing nanostructures with free electrons, with potential applications that include tunable sources of short-wavelength radiation and plasmonic-based particle accelerators.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011003
JournalPhysical Review X
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Optics
  • Plasmonics

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