Ultrafast dynamics of surface electromagnetic waves in nanohole array on metallic film

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Kirakosyan, A. S.
Tong, M.
Shahbazyan, T. V.
Vardeny, Z. V.
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We study the ultrafast dynamics of surface electromagnetic waves photogenerated on aluminum film perforated with subwavelength holes array by means of transient photomodulation with 100 fs time resolution. We observed a pronounced blueshift of the resonant transmission band that reveals the important role of plasma attenuation in the dynamics and that is inconsistent with plasmon-polariton mechanism of extraordinary transmission. The transient photomodulation spectra were successfully modeled within the Boltzmann equation approach for the electron-phonon relaxation dynamics, involving non-equilibrium hot electrons and quasi-equilibrium phonons.
Comment: 8 pages, 6 figures. Invited paper in Special Issue "Optics on the Nanoscale II"
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Condensed Matter - Materials Science
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